THE UCT Big Band
The South African College of Music (SACM) offers training in a range of orchestral instruments, piano, voice, African music and jazz.
The College boasts several string, wind, jazz and percussion ensembles as well as choirs, a symphony orchestra and a Jazz Big Band. All students are required either to play in the orchestras or bands or sing in the choirs, at the discretion of the Director.
The College of Music sponsors a regular series of public concerts given by staff, students and, on occasion, other artists. There are several performing groups, which are run mainly for the benefit of the music students, but musically accomplished U.C.T. students and staff from other faculties are also welcomed into these groups.
Students who complete diploma or degree courses at the SA College of Music are able to enter the profession of music either as teachers, singers or instrumentalists in Western classical music, jazz or African music.
The College also offers a wide range of postgraduate programmes including ethnomusicology, performance studies in classical music, African music and jazz, musicology (theory and history) and composition.
The U.C.T. BIG Band will be performing early next year as part of the “Wunderful World of Concerts in the Park” series with at least 16 Musicians plus superb Vocalists all under the direction of the internationally renowned Professor Mike Campbell. The Professor tells us that performing in the Victorian Bandstand in De Waal Park will be no new experience for him as he presented a BIG Band concert there some 15 years ago; however it most certainly will be for all the members of this present acclaimed & renowned band of Musicians with their BIG sound appealing to just about every music lover.