Rātā Studios Big Band with Jake Baxendale

Following on from the great success of the Wellington Late Starters’ Orchestra, we are delighted that the Rātā Studios Big Band has continued to grow.

Following the same principles, the Big Band is non-auditioned and open to adult players of all levels. Music will be arranged and provided for near beginners and to more advanced levels. This is open to rhythm section players too, so piano, guitar, bass, and drums/percussion, as well as all the usual brass and woodwind, are welcome!

The emphasis will be on enjoying music and learning the principles of playing in a Big Band, without the pressure of getting things right straight away.

Big Band Timetable


Term 2 2024
Tuesdays 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Start: 30th April
Finish: 2nd July


Scots College Creative and Performing Arts Centre Music Rooms


Jake Baxendale

Target Market

Adults aged 18 and over

NB: There are limited spaces for drums and piano. Please email mark@ratastudios.co.nz BEFORE booking in if you play one of these instruments. 

(incl GST)

$250 for 9 week term.




About Jake Baxendale

Jake Baxendale is an alto saxophonist and composer based in Wellington, New Zealand. Raised in remote Golden Bay, he demonstrates in his life and music a freedom of expression, a love of nature, and a community oriented mindset that is heavily influenced by his upbringing.

He holds a Bachelor of Music and a Post Graduate Diploma in Jazz Performance from Te Koki/New Zealand School of Music, and spent 6 weeks in 2016 studying with top composers and saxophonists in New York City through the Edwin Carr scholarship. An experienced educator himself, he tutored jazz theory at the NZSM 2011-12, and led combos, theory, and composition and arranging classes for the Young Musician’s Program in 2011, 2012, and 2014. He has taught private lessons in saxophone, clarinet, theory, and improvisation for the past 10 years.

Jake has toured Aotearoa, Australia, and South Korea with his groups The Jac and Antipodes, and has performed and toured nationally with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Rodger Fox Big Band, The Wellington Mingus Ensemble, The Troubles, the Richter City Rebels, and his own trio JB3, among many others.

His most recent projects are the Arthur Street Loft Orchestra, a weekly residency presenting music for large ensemble featuring the music of leading Wellington jazz composers; and Jazz Aotearoa, a professional association representing jazz creators, presenters, educators, and audiences in Aotearoa, NZ.

Our Location

Rātā Studios
Based at Scots College
1 Monorgan Road
Wellington 6022
Rātā Studios
Based at Scots College
PO Box 15064
Wellington 6243
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