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In 2017 the festival will run over Labour Weekend from October 20-23


The 10th Big Band Festival will open with a bang. From 6.00-6.45 the Burnside High Big Band and Strings will perform some great arrangements by their director, Chris Petch.

Then from 7.30-8.45 the newly formed and already highly acclaimed All Girls Big Band will do a Natalie Cole tribute show. A wonderful start to a great weekend!

Big Band Festival 10th Anniversary Opening Concert

Opening the Big Band Festival - Burnside High Big Band and Strings
Friday 21 Oct, 6pm at St Margaret's College
Followed by the ALL GIRL BIG BAND at 7.30pm

Sun Oct 23 1-4pm

Fun and interesting facts

Fun and interesting facts 24 bands playing over the weekend 55 public performances to check out 7 bands at the ball on 2 stages James Morrison is not only a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist musician, composer and educator, but he also flies a jet plane and was has presented on Top Gear Australia. On top of the … Continue reading


2016 was the 10 year anniversary of the ChCh Big Band Festival – a fabulous time to be celebrating and enjoying live big band jazz music.


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The Christchurch Big Band Festival has been organised and run by a committee of volunteers from local Big Bands and groups with common interest since 2007. It is currently run in collaboration with The Christchurch Jazz Foundation Trust which was formed in 2015 and is a Charitable Trust. Read more.

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