The DBF is proud and delighted to announce a new initiative – BADER’S BIG BAND!!
If you’re disabled, sing or play an instrument and would like to try playing as part of a team in a Big Band, now is your chance!
CALLING ALL “INSPIRATIONAL” DISABLED MUSICIANS
We want to hear from you!
Bader’s Big Band
We wish to create ‘Bader’s Big Band’, the first Big Band to be entirely made up of disabled musicians who can play the following instruments: vocalists, drums, bass, saxophones, trumpets, trombones – but all instruments considered.
Our intention is to film the process from selecting the musicians, teaching them, rehearsing, all building up to the recording of a song especially written for the band, a live performance at a Douglas Bader Charity event held in a major London Studio and the release of an EP. We will Tour ‘Bader’s Big Band’ at a variety of UK events including Air Shows, Festivals and sports competitions and events for the disabled in 2017/18.
For those who may not know – What is a Big Band?
A Big Band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from the early 1930s until the late 1940s. Nowadays a Big Band will play various types of music, including swing, jazz, Latin, funk and blues.
A big band typically consists of approximately 12 to 25 musicians and contains saxophones, trumpets, trombones, vocal and a rhythm section. Music played by big bands is highly “arranged” or prepared in advance and notated on sheet music.
We have support from a number of experienced 3rd parties including Big Band Conductor, Arranger, Musicians, Legal, Disabled Charities, Music Organisations and charities involved specifically with disabled musicians.
How can I get involved?
We are inviting you to please fill out the Application Form and return to us as an attachment, or print and post back to the addresses indicated below. You will also need to send us a photo plus a music file/you tube link of you playing something you feel best represents your playing/performing.
WE REQUEST THAT APPLICATIONS BE SUBMITTED BY THE CLOSING DATE OF 31ST AUGUST 2016
Date of Birth:
Tel No: Mobile No:
Nature of disability:
Wheelchair User: Yes/No
Do you need to be accompanied: Yes/No
Instrument/s played and Grade Level:
Favourite Instrument played:
Can you read music? Yes/No
Do you currently play in a Group/Band/Solo/Other: Yes/No
If Yes tell us which from the above:
NB: You will need to send us a photo plus a music file/you tube link of a you playing something you feel best represents your playing/performing.
I further understand that filming and photographs of the Bader’s Big Band ‘project’ as described may be taken and accept that by signing this form I am permitting any file or pictures which may contain images of myself and/or any of my family members to be used for promotional purposes by The Douglas Bader Foundation and ‘Bader’s Big Band’.
IF UNDER 18 PLEASE ASK YOUR PARENTS TO SIGN THIS FORM
I (full name and relationship to applicant please):
Of ( address):
Give my permission for (name of applicant):
The Form can be copied and pasted and sent as a pdf or word document to:
Email: Charley Bickers email@example.com
Or call 07805 172204 for more information
NB: Please include by email: photo plus a music file and film or you tube link of you playing something you feel best represents your playing/performing.
By Post to: Charley Bickers, The Douglas Bader Foundation, 14 Raynham Road, LONDON W6 0HY
NB: Please include a photo, cd of music file and dvd or film of you playing something you feel best represents your playing/performing.
- All applicants will receive notification upon receipt of Application.
- Applications will be reviewed by a team made up of Musicians, Big Band experts.
- Successful applicants will be notified and informed of next steps for rehearsals and how and where. This may initially be on-line and subsequently a physical location.
- Unsuccessful applicants will also be notified.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU!!
- Please click HERE to download a pdf of the above FLYER. It will open in a separate tab and can then be saved or printed as required.
- Please click HERE to download a pdf of the APPLICATION FORM. This will open in a separate tab and can be printed to send by post or completed and scanned to send as an email attachment.
Please click HERE to open or download APPLICATION FORM ADVICE. This will open as a pdf document in a separate tab so you can print it if required.