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Stephen Bland is a freelance musician, well-respected big band lead trumpet player and director of the Nottingham Jazz Orchestra, based in the Midlands and regularly playing in Nottingham, Leicester, Derby, Birmingham and London, and also touring theatres around the UK.

Steve's regular work includes:

Nottingham Jazz Orchestra: Steve's love of the big bands and jazz orchestras, together with strong big band lead playing has taking him to lead the trumpet section of Nottingham Jazz Orchestra, whilst directing the 17-piece ensemble:   Nottingham Jazz Orchestra

DC Fontana Horn Section in Spain   DC Fontana: Steve plays trumpet and leads the 4-part horn section (trumpet, trombone, tenor sax, baritone sax) in the original-material, British-based band. When not blowing the audience away with their psychedelic originals, they back '60s lead singer from The Sorrows, Don Fardon:

Let's Hang On:Charting the success and recreating the music of Frankie Vallie and The Four Seasons, Steve leads the horn section and arranges the charts for the band's pop hits:   Let's Hang On horn section and Dino Buttarazzi

Sticky Morales '70s Photoshoot   Sticky Morales: Nottingham's premier soul band with a deep soul groove, flavoured with funk and disco. Regularly around the bars and bistros in Nottingham, and available for weddings, birthdays and parties:

Skarabouche: Ska and Afrobeat combination with great party feel, made up some of the best rhythm and horn players in Nottingham. Guaranteed a great night!   Skarabouche Ska Afrobeat Band

Invisible Orchestera 32 musicians on stage at once  

Invisible Orchestra: The brain child of Nottingham's muso-attracting good-guy James Waring, featuring 32 members plus singers in a funk/jazz/reggae/latin combination. The orchestra includes horns, strings, guitars, double bass and sousaphone! Check out the videos and photos on the Facebook page:

Previous work/deps:

Steve's playing has taken him to play with many big bands, groups, and ensembles.

The Squadronaires

George Thornby Big Band


Leicester Big Band

Tommy Savile Big Band

Terry Peters Big Band

Tony Farrell Big Band

Tuxedo Swing

Ashby Big Band

Sweet Hot Six


The Kommitments

Konnected Swing

Newton Road Soul Band

Battuta Samba Band

Pink Moon

Regularly playing and depping in shows, Steve's previous show work has included The Full Monty, Disco Inferno, Sweet Charity, Our House, Guys and Dolls, Brigadoon, Anything Goes and many more.

Influences include Maynard Ferguson, Wayne Bergeron, Derek Watkins, Harry James, and Louis Armstrong. Steve currently plays on a brushed silver Getzen Genesis Custom trumpet - the first in the country.

If you wish to book Steve, please contact him via the contact page.

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