Speak now or Forever Hold Your Instrument…!

The Bader’s Big Band Residential Weekend is approaching fast and we would still like to hear from more musicians. We particularly need more Saxophonists and Trombonists (very important for the Big Band sound) but do please get in touch with us whatever your instrument as we aim to build on the exciting start we’ve made to this ambitious project next year.

Bader’s Big Band will be the first ever performing band to be made up almost entirely of musicians from the UK with a physical disability or diagnosed mental health condition. We made a fantastic start with our audition day on the 22nd October and, having seen what was achieved then in just one afternoon, can’t wait to see, and hear, the results of a weekend of practice.

The Residential Weekend will take place at Tedworth House at Tidworth near Andover, by kind permission of Help for Heroes, and will run on the 9th and 10th December with most musicians arriving on the Friday evening. There will be practice and rehearsals on the Saturday and Sunday culminating in a live performance in front of an audience on Sunday afternoon with music specially arranged by band leader, Paul Clark. We intend that this will be a thoroughly enjoyable weekend for our musicians as well as a musical leap forward. Next year we will be building on what we achieve this year with live performances and a recording so there are exciting times ahead.

If you are a musician with a physical disability or a diagnosed mental health condition and you’d like more information, or would be interested in joining the wonderful people we already have on board and becoming part of this unique and hugely supportive band, do please contact Paul Clark: paul@douglasbaderfoundation.com

If you need a bit more of an incentive (surely not?!), please check out these brilliant and inspiring musicians:

https://youtu.be/ZFs0xlpGnl8 (BASS PLAYER)
https://youtu.be/D5QQKs5HOlw (SAX PLAYER)

and remember: 

Don’t listen to anyone who tells you that you can’t do this or that. That’s nonsense. Make up your mind, you’ll never use crutches or a stick, then have a go at everything. Go to school, join in all the games you can. Go anywhere you want to. But never, never let them persuade you that things are too difficult or impossible. Sir Douglas Bader

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