Bader’s Big Band Residential Weekend Regretfully Postponed

It is with great regret that, due to unforeseen circumstances, we have had to postpone the “BADER’S BIG BAND” Residential Weekend scheduled to take place at Help for Heroes Tedworth House in Tidworth on the 8th-10th December.

Both the musicians and the DBF contingent were greatly looking forward to the weekend, which would have allowed us to make big strides forward culminating in in our first live performance on the Sunday afternoon. We have no doubt it would have been a lot of fun as well as a musically rewarding experience!

All is not lost though; this is very definitely only a postponement. Tedworth House have kindly offered us an alternative weekend next year, dates to be confirmed once Tedworth have got their own commitments in the calendar.

On the positive side, this does mean that any musicians out there who have a physical disability or a diagnosed mental health condition and who may have been thinking about auditioning for “BADER’S BIG BAND” now have time to turn thinking into doing! We still have room for a few more and, while keen to hear from all musicians, would particularly welcome applications from Saxophonists and Trombonists. Please contact Paul Clark, Band Leader, if you’d like more information by emailing: or, if you know you’d like to be part of this exciting and ambitious project, just take the plunge and fill in the application form below.

BADER’S BIG BAND” is the first performing band made up almost entirely of musicians from the UK with a physical disability or a diagnosed mental health condition. We also intend that it will not just be a “good” band, but an “excellent” band.

We have a lovely and talented group of musicians already so why not come along, swell the sound and join a wonderfully warm and supportive Big Band for recordings and performances in 2018.

Start the New Year with a (harmonious) bang!

Bader's Big Band Audition Form

Bader's Big Band Audition Form




Please tell us a bit about yourself
'Bader's Big Band' is looking to recruit musicians with a physical disability or a diagnosed mental health condition. Please could you tell us about the nature of your disability and what impact it has on your life?
Please let us know if there's anything that would make taking part in the band easier for you


Please select from the drop down menu & add approximate grade if relevant

(We're keen to hear from musicians playing any instrument but are looking in particular for Alto, Tenor and Baritone sax players; Trumpet and Trombone players; Piano/Keyboard players; Bass players; Guitar players; Drum kit players & Vocalists.)

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(Due to limited rehearsal times it will be helpful if you have some degree of music reading ability)
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If possible please supply music recording or video links to examples of you playing


Being a member of 'Bader's Big Band' will require commitment.

A schedule has been established which will enable the band to reach performance standard within a reasonable time frame. Musicians selected must be prepared to travel to the scheduled rehearsals. The Douglas Bader Foundation will cover travel, rehearsal, recording and performance

Proposed Time Frame & Schedule

September 30th - Application Deadline
October 21st/22nd - Audition to be held at Soundstage Studios, London
December 9th/10th - Residential weekend rehearsal (additional weekend rehearsal date to be confirmed)
(First short performance for a selected audience)

January 20th - Day rehearsal
February 10th - Day rehearsal
Week commencing February 19th - Recording 3 songs in well-known studio
March 24th - Day rehearsal
April 19th - Day rehearsal
April 20th - First public performance

A degree of flexibility will obviously be necessary within the schedule/time frame to take the rate of progress into account.

Rehearsal venues to be decided based on geographic convenience once the musicians are selected.

Please tell us in the box below if you know you will have a problem attending any of the above dates


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I further understand that film 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'


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