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.
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.
Felicity Vernon, Garrick Wareham, Kathryn Medcalf, Lindis Lane (Alto)
Brian Cooper, Gail Hastings, Jackie Ensall, Neil Smythe (Tenor)
Tessa Lannin (Baritone)
Sergio Sorcia Reyes
Ian Morrell (Bass)
John Vinton (Drums)
Phil Jesson (Guitar)
Tez Hastings (Piano)