U3A Swing Division

Return to Home Page


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.

The exact dates for the remainder of 2017 are:

October 10th and 24th

November 7th and 21st

December 5th and 19th


MAY                      15th and 22nd

Gig at the Watermill  Sutton Coldfield

on Monday 28th May at 1100.

JUNE                     12th  and 26th

JULY                      No Rehearsals

AUGUST               No Rehearsals

SEPTEMBER          4th and 18th

OCTOBER            2nd, 16th AND 30th

NOVEMBER         13th AND 27th

DECEMBER           11th    (No rehearsal on Xmas Day!!!)


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

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