Big Band Soc

University of Bristol Big Band Society

Our Bands

Whether you're looking to book a band, or you're a student interested in joining the society, find out what we offer below.
Go to Hornstars


The auditioned big band of the University of Bristol, Hornstars are a regular fixture at student events throughout the year. A professional standard big band, Hornstars also regularly play for weddings and private parties both in Bristol and beyond.

Go to Small Groups

Small Groups

For more intimate, laid-back events, the society offers small groups of musicians from both Hornstars and BUJO. These groups are tailored to the event, playing a variety of styles to suit, from upbeat funk to relaxed background jazz.

Go to BUJO


Bristol University Jazz Orchestra are true legends on the university music scene. With the horn section open to all players, this mega band are regulars around Bristol, renowned for their classy big band sound and varied sets.


Welcome to the University of Bristol Big Band Society

Since 2007, Big Band Soc has been entertaining crowds of students and locals alike, with both Hornstars and BUJO becoming household names around Bristol.

For people looking to book a big band, Hornstars offer a professional sounding big band guaranteed to make any event memorable with their repertoire of funk, soul and latin, as well as some more traditional big band tunes. BUJO, titans on the Bristol big band scene, also offer a rich repertoire of big band classics. Additionally, Big Band Soc also offers small groups made up of musicians from both bands which are tailored to the client's needs - ideal for smaller events. All of our bands are available to book for events in Bristol and beyond.

For students, we offer the opportunity to play in two fantastic bands at some amazing events. BUJO is open to horn players of all ability with no limit on numbers, ensuring anyone who wants to play can do so. Holding the band together is a fantastic auditioned rhythm section and vocalists. Hornstars is a fully auditioned band, ensuring a professional big band sound. Auditions are held at the start of the academic year - please visit our 'how to join' page to find out how to sign up.

Big Band Soc is a fun all inclusive society, welcoming ALL musicians who are up for having a good time! We are committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment in all our rehearsals, performances and socials! As a society we do not tolerate any discrimination, making music at Bristol both fun and enjoyable for all.


Meet our committee - the people who make Big Band Soc run like a well-oiled trumpet valve.

Hannah Williams

Joe Hey

George Barnes

Abbey Neave

Matt Hill

Hornstars Manager

Sam James

Hornstars Manager

Fintan Smith

Tom Bowden

Grace Harwood

Social Secretary and Welfare Officer

Amy Sheldon

Sam Sheridan

Matt Hansel

Ciara Donnelly

Social Media and Promotions Officer

Caleb H Evans

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Contact Us

For booking enquiries please contact Hornstars ( or BUJO (