Generation Big Band 2024

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

The band is a 10-week is a joint project between the Junior and HE Jazz Departments at Leeds Conservatoire bringing together young musicians, current conservatoire students, and alumni, directed by Mark Chandler. 

If you are 14-18 and interested in being a part of this fantastic band in 2024, please register your interest using the link above. You can read about the 2023 band on our news page


Auditions close on Friday 8 December 2023. 

  • Starts:
  • Duration: 9 Saturday Rehearsals + 1 Performance
  • Venue: Leeds Conservatoire
  • Fee: £175 (bursaries available)
  • Age: 14-18
  • Tutors: Mark Chandler
  • 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. 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 has the expert knowledge to equip musicians with the skills and knowledge needed for the music industry. 




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Rehearsal dates

The band will rehearse on Saturday afternoons at Leeds Conservatoire on the following dates in 2024:

13, 20, 27,  January, 3, 24 February, 2, 9, 16, 23 March 2024; 2pm - 4pm

Performance date: Thursday 28 March 2024


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 8 December 2023, 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.




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.

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