Big Band Blast is a conference style festival run by musicians for musicians. 

Launched in 2013, Blast is the brainchild of drummer and big band leader John Morrison and is run by John and big band singer, Jacki Cooper. 

2023 sees big changes for Big Band Blast as we are moving out of home of 10 years, Port Macquarie. Next year we will hold 2 smaller events - May 27/28 in Bathurst and June 9/10 in Wagga. 


Big Band Blast, Australia's ultimate Big Band festival, is a conference event open to high school, university and community big bands of all abilities. 

The traditional Friday night welcome concert is yet to be confirmed as a possibility. Watch this space!


On Saturday there will be 3 workshop rooms that bands will rotate through, and a performance space for bands to "strut their stuff" in a short set and receive feedback from a professional big band clinician. 


Saturday night concert will feature performances by professional bands. We'll keep that a surprise for now. 


Weather permitting, Sunday morning begins with our Street Parade - charts are provided ahead of time. Crazy Hats are mandatory! While John Morrison presents a professional development workshop for teachers, all students will participate in "The Big Sing" where they will learn a vocal jazz chart. The afternoon  will be a concert where every band will perform 2 charts of their choice. 

Big Band Blast is a conference style festival that is fun by musicians for musicians. Access All Areas passes will be $89 per person or $1700 for groups of 20. 

Accommodation is arranged by each band with many options are available in Bathurst and Wagga. 


Get the wheels in motion and register your interest to attend now. 

Email Jacki Cooper for more information.