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The Garden City Big Band

Professionalism and experience make the Garden City Big Band special. So whatever the occasion, they can tailor an entertainment package to suit weddings, conferences, balls and parties.
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Planning a wedding?

The Garden City Big Band is a popular choice for weddings in Christchurch & further afield. Find out how we can add a touch of class to your very special day.
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Music at its very best for dancing, listening, or pure entertainment.

About the band

Garden City Big Band

The Christchurch based Garden City Big Band have over 20 years experience providing musical entertainment both locally and further afield. A full 17-piece big band consisting of some of the best local musicians & vocalists in its line-up, the band performs a wide variety of music ranging from classic swing and dance music from the Big Band Era through to more contemporary big band sounds, Latin and and Rock 'n Roll. Whether you like Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Harry Connick Jr or Michael Buble, the Garden City Big Band can put on a great show that is sure to get the crowd on its feet. The band can also form a smaller combo from its pool of talented and dedicated musicians - ideal for a more intimate setting or as a prelude to bringing on the full band.

Musical Director

Musical Director Lana Law

Lana has been playing the baritone saxophone since she was 13. After attending Burnside High School where she developed her passion for music, jazz in particular, she moved on to complete a Bachelor of Music (BMus) degree in Jazz Performance at Massey University in Wellington. Upon graduating she worked on cruise ships around North America and the Caribbean, in a 10 piece show band.She has enjoyed teaching students and various groups over the span of her career as well as playing and performing in various small groups, big bands, CD recordings and shows.

Our CDs

Our CDs

Until recently, the band has been under the musical directorship of local Jazz icon Stu Buchanan and in late 2013 released its third CD. Titled 'Hey What's the Time', the CD is a collection of Stu's original compositions. With track titles such as 'Urban Marae' and 'The Octagon Awaits You', the music captures the mood of local places and recent events and demonstrates the versatility & technical ability of the the band's players. Previously released CDs include a collection of jazz standards and a compilation of local compositions by Stu Buchanan and local Jazz pianist Doug Caldwell.

Booking Details

Your first choice for weddings & corporate events

The Garden City Big Band is a popular feature at weddings, anniversaries and corporate events in Christchurch and throughout the South Island. Be sure to check out our testimonials section. Use the contact form to contact us or call us on (03) 260-1961

Latest News & EventsGarden City Big Band

11 hours ago
Big Band Festival

What do saxophones, trumpets, gelato, double bass, trombones, tram tracks, piano, beads, bass guitar, coffee, clarinets, drums, tattoo parlour, microphones, dumplings, happy smiley people all have in ... See more

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The Garden City Big Band will be performing at New Regent Street from 1pm to 2pm tomorrow and then Big Band Ball at Hornby Working Men’s Club in the evening.
Come and support us!

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2 days ago
Big Band Festival

Don't forget to register yourself to those fantastic workshops!

Choose from a range of brilliant workshops!

They are all on Saturday 21st October at ARA Music Arts,corner of High Street and Madras Streets

1. Youth Big Band Workshop with Rodger Fox ... See more

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1 week ago

The Garden City Big Band will be performing at the Christchurch big band festival this Labour weekend.

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1 month ago

Just a casual rehearsal evening 🎶 #WorkingHard

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1 month ago

View from the saxophone section

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We had a blast at the LL Dance Ball again. Great night with great dancers x

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Rodger Fox Big Band Fundraising gig

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