Big Band Workshop with Mike Hall – 20th / 21st August 2022

St Leonards Hotel, Ringwood, BH24 2NR
Big Band Workshop

We welcome back Mike Hall, saxophonist and educator, for an amazing two day Big Band Workshop. Mike has played with amongst others the the Michael Garrick Big Band, Pete Long’s Echoes of Ellington, and Andy Scott’s Group S.

Mike also spent 20 years running the prestigious RNCM Big Band, which involved many great artists such as Bob Mintzer, John Dankworth and Colin Towns.

Mike has been to AB Workshops before running improvisation courses; however this time he brings his wealth of knowledge to playing in a Big Band, and of course if jazz improvisation is your thing we’re going to be doing that too! Mike has a broad and impressive history of playing in and directing big bands and large jazz ensembles over many many years.

Over the weekend Mike will impart his knowledge and experience and passion into a memorable weekend event. We will be work on a number of big band charts covering a delightful variety of styles; something for everyone.

As a band, we’ll get down to discussing the details of tone, phrasing, articulation, dynamics and vibrato and how these can vary with the style and era of the music. Mike will also be giving help and advice on how to solo for those of you willing to give it a go!

Music will be sent out in advance, so you’ll have time to practice and become familiar with the music.

“I can’t wait to work with AB Workshops again, such a fun and friendly atmosphere but also a great sense of achievement by the end of the course. Look forward to seeing you there!” Mike Hall

Based at St Leonards Hotel in beautiful Dorset, with excellent facilities. Priced competitively at £150 for two days including a hot lunch, hot and cold refreshments. We cater for needs such as vegetarian, gluten intolerance etc. The workshop runs from 10am – 4.30pm each day, with two 30 minute breaks and a 1 hour lunch break. FREE parking. Please note: Accommodation is not included at this price, you should book directly with the hotel.

We have now set it up for you to be able to book easier than ever before. Book via ticketsource fast and secure. Alternatively if you have any questions on the suitability of this course for you we will be happy to help. Contact us at or by calling 07711 998058 and we will be happy to discuss your needs further.

Participant information:

You’ll need an instrumental ability of Grade 4 standard or above. Please note, this does not mean you need Grade 4 qualification, it means your current playing level should be of this standard or better. A knowledge of major scales up to 3 sharps and 3 flats required, and no knowledge of big band playing or improvisation is necessary.
You will need to bring your own instrument, instrument stand and music stand.
The cost of this workshop for two days is only £150.
We provide a hot lunch each day and hot/cold refreshments for the breaks.
Times for the workshop are as follows:

Arrive: 9.30am onwards
Session one: 10am – 11.15am
Morning break: 11.15am – 11.45am
Session two: 11.45am – 1pm
Lunch: 1pm – 2pm
Session three: 2pm – 3pm
Afternoon break: 3pm – 3.30pm
Session four: 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Participants of all ages are welcome. Please note: Participants under 18 will need to provide parent/ guardian contact details.