Rātā Studios Big Band

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 will be 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 would be 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 3 2023
Start: 18th July
Finish: 19th Sept

Tuesdays 6:30pm – 8:00pm


Scots College Creative and Performing Arts Centre Music Rooms


Duncan Haynes

Target Market

Adults aged 18 and over

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

(incl GST)

$205  for 10 week term.




About Duncan Haynes

With a classical background in piano and cello, Duncan studied jazz with the very best of his native New Zealand at Massey University, Wellington.

The following years found his arrangements on the multi-platinum selling pop albums of Bic Runga and at huge outdoor events such as Symphony Under the Stars in Auckland and the official millenium celebrations in Wellington. He then spent 8 years based in London, performing all over the U.K. and Europe including at Ronnie Scott’s, Pizza Express Dean St, Wembley Stadium, Lords, Queens Club, Blenheim Palace, jazz festivals in the U.K., France, Poland, Portugal, Ireland, the Netherlands and rock festivals such as Bestival on the Isle of Wight.

After a stint playing rock and blues in Lousiana, USA he moved to Lima, Peru where the music of South America captured his imagination. Having performed there with world class artists such as Susana Baca, Eva Ayllon and Andres Prado it was time for a return to Europe, this time based in Paris, where he established a world music/jazz hybrid project Cuarteto Imaginario in 2017.

Duncan has recorded regularly throughout his career with 5 studio albums to his credit and many others as a sideman across very different genres.

Our Location

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