Oxford University Big Band
The Oxford University Big Band or OUBB was a big band based at the University of Oxford.
The original band was founded in 1961 by Peter Hartley and Bill Ashton OBE, during which time the band's efforts were focused on rehearsing and performing within Oxford. After a time, the band began to take part in local and national competitions throughout the UK. After spending many years dormant, in 2005 the OUBB was reformed by students of Oxford University.
Since 2005 the band has gone on numerous tours. In 2006 it toured to Barcelona, Spain, in 2007 the band performed in Delhi and Mumbai, India. In 2008 the band travelled to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland (2008), and most recently, the band has collaborated with trumpeter and composer Mark Armstrong. He wrote a four-part suite describing the summer solstice and the changing of the seasons for the exclusive performance of OUBB. The piece was first performed and recorded at the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford before being taken on tour to the North Sea Jazz Festival in Holland (2009). In the same year the band also performed at the world famous Bull's Head in Barnes.
In December 2009 OUBB performed a selection of popular big band charts at the Jacqueline du Pré auditorium at St Hilda's College Oxford. In February 2010 the ensemble performed with guest soloist Dave O'Higgins at the Magdalen College Auditorium.
In July 2010 OUBB travelled to China to perform at multiple venues as part of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo.
In July 2011, the band travelled to the Vienne Jazz Festival, performing in the same festival as the likes of Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, and also travelling to Grenoble to perform.