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Huddersfield Big Band Society (HUBBS)

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  1. ** Please note that unfortunately our meetings have not resumed because of the pandemic. For more details please contact the Secretary, Jeremy Vicars.

    ** Jeremy is currently running a weekly show of big band music on HWD Hospital on Wednesdays 6pm to 8pm. This can be heard by anyone via their website - there is a link to it under Website below.

    Huddersfield Big Band Society is a recorded music society playing big band jazz/swing (e.g. Count Basie, Harry James, Benny Goodman) and swing/big band vocalists (e.g. Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Helen Forest, Diana Krall), and was formed in April 1978.

    Many members are from the local Huddersfield area, but 40% of the members are from, Leeds, Manchester, Halifax and other surrounding areas. So, no matter where you live, everyone is welcome to call and enjoy the music. Tea, Coffee, and soft drinks are available from our own Cafe operated by Jackie and Ann (cafe j'ann).

    Previously our meetings were held at the St. Philips Community Centre, Briarlyn Road, Birchencliffe, on the 1st Tuesday of the month from April to October, and started at 7pm.
    Two programmes were presented at each meeting by members and guests with each programme lasting one hour.


Jeremy Vicars
Vice Chairman & Secretary

Organisation last updated

  1. 25 August 2023

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  1. St Philips Community Centre, Briarlyn Road, Birchencliffe, Huddersfield, HD3 3NP
    1. All key services are accessible. Wheelchair access
    2. Either, there are specially marked parking spaces for disabled people, or disabled people can park within 50 metres of an accessible entrance. Disabled parking
    3. There is a toilet which can be accessed by people with disabilities including wheelchair users. This means that it complies with the standards set out in Part M of the Building Regulations,'Access to and use of buildings. Fully accessible toilet
    4. There is a loop system. Please contact the venue if you need further information. Loop system


  1. Cyril Vicars of Gildersome, and the late Edric Gee of Huddersfield held the first meeting of the Huddersfield Big Band Society, aka HUBBS, at the Crown Hotel in Westgate on 16 April 1978. Despite little advertising, the place was packed, and they realised that there was a huge demand for big band music in the town. The fledgling society soon spread its wings and began to stage live bands - most notably at the Hilton Hotel, Ainley Top - as well as recorded music sessions on BBC Radio 2 with the Monday night BBC Big Band presented by Shiela Tracey. For over 25 years monthly audiences of several hundred people enjoyed some of the best 'live' big bands in the country, and from Europe. In the last 16 years due to rising costs, 'Live' music gigs have ceased, but the recorded music continues profiling the very best in Big Band Jazz and Swing. HUBBS continues to present monthly programmes with two shows at each meeting presented by members, and guests from the big band world and radio.

    Says founder-member and chairman Cyril Vicars: It's astonishing to think that from a single meeting in 1978 HUBBS became one of the UK's leading big band promoters, and after 41 years is still in good health.

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