South Devon Big Band About The Members
The South Devon Big Band

The 21 piece South Devon Big Band was formed after the musicians took part in a one-day workshop led by Neil Maya. Most of the original attendees at the workshop are still part of the band today. A small committee was formed and rehearsals began at the beginning of 2013.


South Devon Big Band Neil MayaBAND LEADER
Neil Maya (CTABRSM LRSM)


Neil studied clarinet and piano at the Royal College of Music junior department up to the age of eighteen. He then continued to play music on a frequent basis including playing principal clarinet with the Bedfordshire Youth Orchestra. Neil then embarked on a career of teaching and performing and has can be heard throughout the South West playing with his own jazz quartet The Neil Maya Quartet as well as the Drat Pack playing swing, soul Motown and more, Lushlife playing background jazz at functions and Solar playing funk. As well as live performance Neil teaches clarinet and saxophone privately as well as at Ivybridge Community College. He also runs a number of groups and takes workshops as well as arranges and composes.
South Devon Big Band SaxophonesSAXOPHONES
Bev Knowlden, Felicity Vernon, Kathryn Medcalf, Lindis Lane (Alto)
Brian Cooper, Gail Hastings, Jackie Ensall, Neil Smythe (Tenor)
Tessa Lannin (Baritone)
South Devon Big Band Trumpets and TrombonesTRUMPETS
Charlie Lowe
James Meredith
Martin Roberts
Neville Todd
South Devon Big Band Trumpets and TrombonesTROMBONES
Jacqui Burden
Joe Wilkes
Peter Whittle
Sergio Sorcia Reyes
South Devon Big Band Rhythm SectionRHYTHM SECTION
Ian Morrell (Bass)
John Vinton (Drums)
Phil Jesson (Guitar)
Tez Hastings (Piano)
South Devon Big Band VoclaistsVOCALISTS
Charlie Lowe
Laura Dixon
Tessa Postbridge


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