The Sax Shack Big Band, based in Stoke-on-Trent, resulted from a conversation late 2018 between Nigel Ashworth, Musical Director, and Rob Paramore – Owner of The Sax Shack. They agreed that there were few opportunities for local amateur musicians to play in a Big Band so they decided to form one, and here we are.
We advertised for interested musicians and by February 2019 we had enough to start rehearsals. Many of the musicians had not played in a Big Band before and were unfamiliar with the stylistic nuances involved in playing swing and jazz music.
Nigel made it his mission, as Musical Director, to call on his 20 years experience as a professional musician to share his knowledge and experience with band members to enable them achieve the highest standard they could and create a great sounding, tight, precise band.
The second goal was to create a Library of music that was different to the other bands out there.
Nigel spends a lot of time thinking of ideas for different tunes to play and arranges many charts for the band. Original compositions are now being included to further the bands individuality. Band members are also encouraged to contribute to the library.
Whilst Nigel handles the musical side of things Rob and Tina handle the administrative duties which can be considerable with an outfit like ours.
The Musicians in The Sax Shack Big Band work hard and are all committed to helping the band reach the highest standard it can.
Please come along to our monthly gigs at Jollees Cabaret Venue, first Thursday of the month (commencing March 2020), to support the talented musicians of The Sax Shack Big Band.
Nigel Ashworth - Co-founder and Musical Director
Rob Paramore - Co-founder and Administration
Tina Paramore - Administration