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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. 

In 2024, Blast is back in Bathurst at the Charles Sturt University campus on the weekend of May 24th to 26th and in Wagga Wagga at the Riverina Conservatorium of Music on the weekend of June 14th to 16th. 


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 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 our special guests. 

The final session will be run like a mini-festival with each band playing their 20 min set on various stages.


Big Band Blast is a conference style festival that is fun by musicians for musicians. Registration is $1500 per band and covers up to 20 participants including teachers and support staff. Extra registrations may be purchased for $90.

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


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

Email Jacki Cooper for more information.

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