Benjamin's Big Band is the flagship group within the Garigal Community Performing Arts Society. Audiences are always treated to a highly musical and entertaining performance by this versatile and often humorous group. A slightly larger than usual big band, it consists of flutes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, trombones, rhythm section (guitar, piano, bass, drums), and a number of vocalists.
There is also a range of excellent soloists and improvisers within each section ensuring variety throughout their shows. Age varies from 13 to adult and the repertoire requires strong, experienced players who have a good understanding of their instrument and who are proficient at reading difficult level charts. This band guarantees that your feet won't stop, even if you're sitting down.
If you are interested in joining then have a look a our memberships page.
For bookings, Ray is the person to talk to. [email]
Music Director: Ray Cassar
Ray is a fist call session trumpet player who is comfortable performing across many different styles, including jazz, latin, funk, classical and popular music. He is also an accomplished jazz pianist and arranger.
Ray has performed with many top artists including The Eagles, James Morrison, Emma Pask, The Temptations, Jimmy Barnes, and many more. He has appeared as guest lead trumpet with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and worked as principal trumpet with many professional orchestras around Sydney.
Ray is a dedicated music educator, and currently runs jazz bands at Fort St High School, Chatswood High School, and Meriden School. He is also in high demand as a trumpet teacher, accompanist, and adjudicator. Ray is thrilled to be involved with Benjamin's Big Band.
For those of you who wish to know more about Ray, you can read his detailed profile here.