Generation Big Band (14 - 18 Years)

To apply, complete and submit the form at the bottom of this page

Generation Big Band at Leeds Conservatoire brings together excellence across all generations of the Yorkshire jazz community.

This is a joint project between the Junior and HE Jazz Department at Leeds Conservatoire.

To apply, complete and submit the form at the bottom of this page.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 9 Saturday Rehearsals + 1 Performance
  • Venue: Leeds Conservatoire
  • Fee: £175 (bursaries available)
  • Age: 14-18
  • Study Mode: Ensemble

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About the ensemble

The Generation Big Band brings together excellence across all generations of the Yorkshire jazz community.  Founded in January 2017, the band consists of alumni who are working professionally in the music industry, existing Leeds Conservatoire students as well as up-and-coming young musicians. 

The band is directed by trumpeter, Mark Chandler, and trombonist, Kev Holbrough. With combined performances with artists such as Shirley Bassey, George Michael, Gladys Knight, Nancy Wilson, Snake Davis, Shed Seven, West End shows including Cats, Guys and Dolls and Starlight Express, TV shows including The Voice and Starstruck, Mark and Kev have the expert knowledge to equip musicians with the skills and knowledge needed for the music industry. 


The band will rehearse on Saturday afternoons at Leeds Conservatoire on the following dates in 2023:


7, 14, 21, 28 January, 4, 25 February, 4, 11, 18 March 2023; 2pm - 4pm


Performance date: Thursday 23 March 2023


Mark Chandler


Job Title: Senior Lecturer

Courses Taught: BA (Hons) Music (Jazz)

Specialisms: Jazz Trumpet, Session work

Mark is one of the top trumpet players in the UK, working internationally and making a living until recently as a session player in London.

Kevin Holbrough


Job title: Senior Lecturer

Courses taught: BA (Hons) Music (Jazz) 

Specialisms: Jazz trombone, Session work, Solo and ensemble performance

Jazz Trombonist and Michael Rath Artist Kevin Holbrough is a senior lecturer on the BA Jazz Pathway,  specialising in jazz trombone performance. A highly respected jazz trombonist, freelance musician and educator, Kevin has an ever expanding discography not only in jazz but a wide range of musical genres.


Through the audition process we are excited about reaching out to the younger jazz community and bringing together musicians who are passionate about improvising. Whilst places will be limited, this is a chance to connect with you, so please apply for an audition if you are interested – it might lead to other things.

We are looking for talented musicians up to the age of 18 to join this project.  We would expect to receive applications from students aged 14+, although if you are younger and of a high standard on your instrument, please do apply.


To submit an audition, please send two videos to by Friday 25 November 2022 using the guidance below.


Audition Guidance and Tips

  • Pick two pieces you feel comfortable with and enjoy playing. For instrumentalists, at least one video must be of you reading music and for singers, at least one video must be you singing the main melody of a piece (you don't have to send us the notation, but are welcome to if you would like). We welcome the second video to include some improvising, although improvising is not mandatory.
  • Please say your name and the name of the piece you will be playing and who it is by before you start playing/singing
  • You can record your videos on a phone/tablet, don't worry too much about the production quality (just as long as we can see and hear you) - we do not expect professional videos (but if you have those you are able to submit them)
  • You can record your pieces in two separate videos - you do not have to record both pieces in one go (but you are welcome to submit a single file containing both if that is easiest)

Submitting your Audition

Please send your videos to If the files are too large, a website called WeTransfer lets you email large files free of charge. If you have any queries, please email , we're always here to help.




Application Form

To apply, complete and submit the form below.

Include any grades they have taken and understanding of music theory (these are not essential) and any bands they already play with
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