The official big band of Imperial College London, IC Big Band regularly performs top quality jazz in and around the capital. The band consists of current university students at Imperial College London, and has gained an excellent reputation that grows year on year.
IC Big Band consists of rhythm, sax, trumpet and trombone sections. Our ever-expanding repertoire includes arrangements by Gordon Goodwin, Buddy Rich and Pat Metheny. Within the band we also have a number of small groups that frequently play professional gigs around the capital. The band's hugely popular gigs form an integral part of the Union entertainment calendar, culminating in our performance at the Summer Ball.
Each year the band travels abroad, with notable international appearances including: Romania, 2008, where the band raised money for Hospices of Hope, appearing on national television on two separate occasions; China, 2010, where the band performed at the World Expo in Shanghai, and various venues in Beijing; Poland, 2011, performing at jazz clubs within the city and the famous Alchemia. The band has a very active social life revolving around weekly rehearsals, frequent gigs, going to see jazz gigs around London and organised socials such as the annual Hammersmith pub crawl!
IC Big Band gigs include private functions, weddings, parties, corporate events, balls, and formal dinners. The band also features in charity concerts and perform at student venues across the country, covering a range of big band jazz including swing, Latin, funk and contemporary.