Badger Friends

Here are links to some websites of interest – a collection of Badger friends and people who have a connection with individual Badgers….

Andy DerrickBadger Bass player Andy Derrick is a talented professional multi-instrumentalist and educator.


AndekMusicPublisingAndek Music Publishing – new music for big bands and jazz ensembles.


BrianNewtonBBBrian Newton Big Band – The band plays all sorts of music, mostly Jazz orientated from Brian’s extensive collection which is heavily influenced by Stan Kenton and his music.


CathSykesCatherine Sykes – Catherine has sung at numerous prestigious Jazz Festivals and has appeared with Big bands such as The Glenn Miller Orchestra UK, The Nick Ross Orchestra, The Manhattan Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Repertory Orchestra and Tony Jacobs’ ten piece ‘Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra’

CovFlutesCoventry Flute Choir – an exciting new ensemble for flautists in Coventry and the surrounding area. Run by Badger Alto Sax Craig Holmes.


FatChopsFat Chops Big Band – one of the UK’s most exciting Big Bands. Come and see Badger MD/Keyboards Richard Nield, and Badger Bass player Andy Derrick playing Lead and Bass Trombone in this fabulous band.


GaryGraceGary Grace – a professional swing vocalist, performing songs associated with great swing singers like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Matt Monro, Michael Buble etc

GiocosoGiocoso Saxophone Quartet – Ideal for background music at weddings or at a corporate drinks reception, Giocoso quartet or quintet can perform indoors or outdoors and require very little floor space. With their wide ranging repertoire they are a perfect alternative to a traditional string quartet. See Badger Baritone Sax Debs Hutt and Badger Tenor Sax Helen Dean playing with this great ensemble.

Lady-Be-Good-small-no-BackgroundLady Be Good is the all female, 8 piece jazz band delighting audiences around the UK, with new arrangements of jazz and swing classics, right through to modern greats like Adele. Featuring the revered Giocoso Saxophone Quartet, Lady Be Good takes music to another level.

MattFordAward-winning vocalist Matthew Ford is widely regarded as the finest big band singer in the UK, broadcasting regularly with the BBC Big Band and the John Wilson Orchestra.


myjologoMidland Youth Jazz Orchestra run by Dr John Ruddick MBE. Don’t be fooled by the word “Youth”, this is one of the best Big Bands in the country who have performed with many major international stars.

RoundboxRoundBox Creative Ltd. – Brand and live event management. RoundBox provides Design, Brand Development and Project Management services. Director Simon Powell was recently invited to shake hands with Prince Charles at a black tie dinner event to thank him for the design and delivery of a very large display system in The Royal Gallery at The House of Lords.

SheilaWaterfieldSheila Waterfield is an award winning vocalist who has performed with many of the UK’s top bands – jazz/funk outfit Pazazz, The Paul Metcalfe Band, Nearly Dan, The Tongue and Groove Big Band to name a few. She received raving reviews for her performances at The Festival of Song, Cheltenham, Jazz Live, Grimsby and Big Band Festival, Aberdeenshire.


SteveKingSteve King Big Band – one of the areas leading exponents of big band music. A young Badger MD/Keyboards Richard Nield played trombone and then keyboard for a number of years in Steve’s band. Steve’s band is enhanced with additional instruments – Tuba, Guitar and full Percussion.

WarwickMusicWarwick Music – Since 1994, Warwick Music has been providing quality brass and wind music across the world. Starting with just one piece, they now have a catalogue of over 1500 titles.