POP Big Band with Dan Mar-Molinero – 19th / 20th November 2022

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

We are pleased to welcome Dar Mar-Molinero to host a POP Big Band Workshop in November 2022. An experienced saxophonist, Dan has appeared at numerous high profile venues and festivals with his own groups and alongside numerous leading jazz and pop performers including Julian Joseph, Billy Cobham and Corrine Bailey-Rae.

As a composer, songwriter and record producer his work spans genres. Dan’s music has appeared worldwide on; film and TV scores, including a Bafta nomination; video games, including the popular FIFA series; and hit records, including a ‘Top 3’ and several top twenty records, having written for major artists such as Craig DavidGareth Gates and Mel C in both the UK and abroad.

Dan’s roots have always been within jazz, in particular large ensemble works, writing and collaborating with artists such as Soweto Kinch, Yazz Ahmed and Courtney Pine. His forthcoming jazz orchestra album “Taproot” was recorded over lockdown and features two of the most in-demand and respected European jazz greats, Jasper Hoiby and Julian Arguelles.

A committed educator, Dan works part-time at the University of Southampton as ‘Head of Jazz, Pop & Musical Theatre‘ and is in constant demand nationally too. Dan is also the Director of the hugely successful Southampton Youth Jazz Orchestra and is a lead tutor and trustee for the National Youth Jazz Collective (NYJC). Dan was also the first individual to receive a ‘Will Michael Diploma’ for ‘Services to Jazz Education’ by Jazz Services and the Music Education Council, an award normally reserved for civic authorities and music services.

“Pop and big band? Sounds intriguing! Many famous pop stars have been seduced by the sound and power of the big band, leading to numerous collaborations. During this weekend, we’ll look at and play a number of well known pop songs reimagined for big band. We’ll spend time working on creating a great groove alongside touching on soloing and ensemble playing too. Expect to play tunes you think you know well but with a very different approach!” – Dan Mar-Molinero

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. 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 hello@abworkshops.com 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 3 standard or above. Please note, this does not mean you need Grade 3 qualification, it means your current playing level should be of this standard or better.
– Saxophones (Flute/Clarinet)
– Trumpet
– Trombone
– Drums
– Bass
– Piano
– Guitar
– Percussion
You will need to bring your own instrument and instrument stand as well as a music stand.

Drums: You’ll need to bring your own kit.

Guitar/Bass: You’ll need to bring your own amps.

Keys: You will need to bring your own keyboard.
The cost of this workshop for two days is only £150.
Lunch provided, and hot/cold refreshments for the breaks including freshly made filtered coffee.
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.