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Amersham & Wycombe College in Buckinghamshire swung 'Big Time' when the Debbie Curtis Radio Big Band visited 'Theatre On The Hill' at the Amersham campus for the filming of their forthcoming first DVD.

Putting the 'BIG' back in Big Band, Unique female Band Leader and Conductor 'Debbie Curtis' drove the band hard over four filming & sound recording sessions throughout the day in front of an invited crowd.

Featured vocalist 'John Miller' nephew of the legendary 'Glenn Miller' charmed the audience of all ages with his huge personality, humour and slick vocal performance.

Debbie creatively conducted the 16 strong band with a style so obviously inherited from her late father and former leader of the band 'Eddie Curtis' adding well oiled solo vocals as well as duets with John Miller.

The band made from the cream of the UK's Jazz, Swing, Big Band & Pop musicians quickly settled into what was to be a hard days play!

Approximately 50 College staff and Students crewed the filming and sound recording with a professionalism that you would expect to get from the BBC.
Director Jordan Lopez skilfully mastering the production from his position in the monitoring room, with a well disciplined crew of camera operators, floor managers and runners. The purpose built set, designed with the band's brochure styling in mind was brightly lit through a fine misty haze effect.

A shoot on this scale could easily struggle to run on schedule, but it did, starting just 15 minutes late and finishing bang on time at 6pm!

Students amongst the audience were clearly astounded to experience the massive sound of a Big Band for the first time as well as recognising some of the faces in the line-up that they have seen in performance with some of their modern pop hero's.

John Miller asked the students if they had heard of Glenn Miller, obviously pleased when the majority raised their hands, he went on to explain to them that he was his nephew, this clearly delighted the young crowd even further.

Musicians for the line up were Bob Howard (Drums) Geoff Eales (Piano) & Dave Olney (String Bass) for a Rhythm Section that really kicked. A smooth slick Saxophone section included Roy Willox, Loren Hignell, Mark Alloway & Paul Jones. Heading up a powerful Trumpet Section was Bob Cutting with Martin Shaw, Mark White & Mike Nickell and for the sleek Trombones Lee Hallam, Dave Pearce, Bob Wilson & Robin Turner.

Debbie's approach to Big Band Swing is to aim at an audience of all ages, particularly the younger audience. As with most musical styles, when Big Band Swing first emerged all those years ago it was frowned upon by many as 'Emotionally Disturbing'. The music peaked as all music does but it has never gone away and more recently it is clear that a younger audience, given the opportunity, are keen to hear it delivered by a younger bandleader or artist. Robbie Williams,  Jamie Cullum, Katie Melua and Amy Winehouse being classic examples of how Big Band Jazz is being accepted again by newer generations, programmes like the X Factor adding to the momentum.

Key College Staff
College Production Team
Head of School, Media
Stephen Partridge
Jordan Lopez
Camera 5, HD Camera Scaffold
Jake McMahon
Sound Recording
Glyn Devey
Bob Cronin
Sharifa Mansour

Camera 6, HD Camera
Andrew Sharp

Media/TV  Studio
Mike Foreshaw
Vision Mixer
Sahai Sabri

Documentary Camera
Charlotte Cameron-Vidler

Course Leader
Television Production
Jonathan Marks

PA / VT Recording
Ashleigh Palmer Johnson

Sound - Audience
Tom Leslie

Lecturer In
Technical Theatre
Ed Fagin

Camera 1
Chris Burgess

Floor Manager
Tasha Gibson


Camera 2
Kit Felgate

Floor Manger / Tapes
Cassie O'Neill


Dolly Camera 3
York Smith

Tabassum Qureshi


Dolly Grip
Jeremy Paul

Agatha Kibombo


Camera 4 Crane
Ben Tibbetts

Jack Brien
Sam Forbes

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