Mountbatten Big Band was formed in 1997 by its current Musical Director, Stu Marchant. Over the years it has evolved and developed into it’s current line-up. The band uses the standard Big Band format of 5 saxes, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, and rhythm section. The band’s repertoire is wide-ranging, from classic tunes by Count Basie and Duke Ellington, to contemporary works by cutting-edge composers such as Vijay Iyer. The Band is in great demand in the UK, and has played at a number of prestigious engagements, including the TUC and NUT conferences. They have appeared as finalists in the National Festival of Music for Youth, and have featured at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, Holland, and are delighted to be returning for the 4th time to the Montreux Jazz Festival. All of the members of the band are extremely dedicated, rehearsing every Friday after school, and many former members have gone on to study jazz at top UK conservatoires. The students also benefit greatly from the expertise of their Assistant Director, Jahan Hunter.