Morriston is a vibrant village located on the outskirts of the City of Swansea. People from the area have established and nurtured, a heritage of predominately vocal music. Many of you will have heard of the internationally acclaimed Morriston Orpheus Male Voice Choir. Throughout the years they have provided entertainment world wide. However, there was little in the way of any ‘big band’ music in the area.
Many will remember and recall no doubt, the sound produced by such great bands as Glenn Miller, Sid Lawrence, Tommy Dorsey, Count Bassey, Ted heath, to name just a few. After discussion with several ex-professional friends and like minded musicians, it soon became apparent that there was a unique opportunity to establish a niche band that would continue to promote such sounds from these and other past greats.
So the Morriston Big Band was formed one evening in November 1995
Its main ethos is to ensure 'Big Band' music and traditions live on. This is encouraged by involving and training young players. Several of the musicians are retired professionals, some of whom trained and played in army bands. Experience gained from this can provide the young musician help with style, tone, technique and improvisation skills. All band members provide their services free with the aim of continuing interest in big band music and nurturing up and coming musicians.
Since its formation the band has gone from strength to strength and has a compliment of some 18 or more playing members, male and female vocalists and non -playing support members. The band plays at concerts or for dancing at numerous venues within the Swansea and West Wales area. These include local parks, clubs, hotels, various functions and festivals and also Swansea's Grand Theatre.
The highlight of, 2006, was appearing at the BBC's "Proms In The Park" event in Singleton Park, Swansea. The event attracted an audience of more than 10,000 and featured Michael Ball, Shan Cothi, Aled Jones and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.