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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 our home of 10 years, Port Macquarie. We will be moving to Bathurst for the weekend of May 26-28.


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 event begins with a Friday night welcome concert featuring guest big bands and our guest clincians. 


On Saturday there will be 4 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. 


The Saturday night concert will feature performances by the Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Orchestra and our guest clincians. 


During John Morrison's workshop on Saturday, he will be watching and listening carefully and selecting members to be part of the Big Band Blast Superband. On Sunday the day will start with a Superband rehearsal for those musicians who have been selected. Masterclasses will follow for brass, woodwind, vocals and rhythm section. 

The final session will be run like a mini-festival with each band playing their 20 min set on 4 stages and as a finale, the Superband will play us out!


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.


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

Email Jacki Cooper for more information.

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