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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

4 days ago

The band is performing at the Great Hall tonight. Looking forward to it!

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6 days ago
Big Band Extravaganza fundraiser

The Garden City Big band is playing in this fundraising concert at Blue Smoke. Be there or be square!

Come and join us for a Big Band Extravaganza on 27 August where we are raising funds to support the Rodger Fox Big Band in their effort to get to the Monterey Jazz Festival in September. Rodger and ... See more

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3 months ago
Ara Music Arts

Tomorrow at Ara Music Arts from 1pm to 2pm.
#NZMusicMonth #BigBand #Awesome #Jazz

ONEMONDAY CONCERT
Monday 22 May 1pm DCCR (Ara MusicArts)
***THE GARDEN CITY BIG BAND*** - jazz
$10/$5/free(students,staff)

The Garden City Big Band led by Musical Director Lana Law, have put ... See more

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3 months ago
Onemonday Concert: The GCBB plays Sammy Nestico arrangements

Come along to enjoy big band jazz classic arrangements performed by the Garden City Big Band. This programme consists of a selection of highly respected arranger Sammy Nestico.

Come along to enjoy big band jazz classic arrangements performed by the Garden City Big Band. This programme consists of a selection of highly respected arranger Sammy Nestico.

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4 months ago

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5 months ago
Photos from The Garden City Big Band's post

Spitting rain drops did not faze us nor the Swingtown Rebels.

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5 months ago

Snippets of today's gig x

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5 months ago
Air New Zealand 75th Exhibition One Millionth Visitor and the Garden City Big Band

This Saturday!

The Garden City Big Band and Swingtown Rebels will be entertaining public at the 75th celebration of Air NZ event. Face paint and Mr Whippy handing out free ice cream. Come along to Botanic Garden ... See more

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5 months ago
Air New Zealand 75th Exhibition One Millionth Visitor and the Garden City Big Band

The Garden City Big Band and Swingtown Rebels will be entertaining public at the 75th celebration of Air NZ event. Face paint and Mr Whippy handing out free ice cream. Come along to Botanic Garden ... See more

The Garden City Big Band and Swingtown Rebels will be entertaining public at the 75th celebration of Air NZ event. Face paint and Mr Whippy handing out free ice cream. Come along to Botanic Garden ... See more

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5 months ago
Blues and Jazz Festival 2015 - YouTube

Just reminiscing our old concert from 2015: Stu Buchanan Tribute Concert.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOtgw_ymX1VfCHUwS57zSAPjZlJ-aYg0o

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