U3A Swing Division

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Early in 2016 we formed a Big Band (Jazz and Swing) from among U3A members in the West Midlands.  We are currently compiling a library of tunes much in the Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and Glen Miller style as well as more recent charts.  The Band is now called "U3A Swing Division"

The band is based in Balsall Common, meets on alternate Tuesdays Starting at 2:00 PM, and rehearse in the The Blessed Robert Grissold Catholic Church in Meeting House Lane.

We need more brass and saxophone members and if you have played in the past donít worry about being rusty as we are constructing a friendly and safe environment to enjoy playing and learning more about this wonderful genre.

If you want more information then please contact me, Nick Carter, at the following email address: bigband@balsallcommonu3a.org or telephone 01676 535694


JANUARY            8th   and  22nd

 FEBRUARY          5th   and   19th  

 MARCH               5th   and   19th    

NB  Gig Thursday 7th March for Balsall Common U3A

APRIL                             2nd, 16th and 30th

 MAY                     14th and 28th

 JUNE                    11th and 25th

 JULY                     NO  REHEARSALS


SEPTEMBER                   3RD and 17th

 OCTOBER           8th  and  22nd

 NOVEMBER         5th * and  19th

 DECEMBER                   3rd  and  17th


1.    All rehearsals are at the Catholic Church, Meeting House Lane, Balsall Common unless otherwise advised.

2.    All participants to be ready to start playing at 1400.

* Musical Fireworks only.

Nick Carter


  Click here to see photographs of the band playing at the Balsall Common U3A Core Meeting March 2019

Click Here to see photographs of the band playing at the Balsall Common U3A Core Meeting March 2018

Click here to see more photographs of the band rehearsing November 2016

Click Here to see photographs of the band rehearsing January 2017

Click Here to see U3A Swing Division performing at the Balsall Common Festival September 2017