Jazz photography: Spectrum Big Band

Spectrum Big Band has established a veritable reputation as a first class big band, playing music from a wide range of styles including big band favourites, jazz, swing, latin and rock.

Spectrum was originally established as the Canberra City Big Band in the early 80s under John Helgesen. At the time, this was the first community big band in Canberra, and the first youth big band to perform at the Merimbula Jazz Festival (1986), and was later renamed KickBrass. It disbanded in 1992 but was reformed in 1997 as Spectrum under Glen Rogers, changing its name to Spectrum Big Band in 2007 under Rod Mason OAM.

Today it has over 20 members and performs regularly around town at corporate functions, jazz festivals, community events and private parties. It regularly combines with Jumptown Swing and Swing Katz to bring back that feel of the 30s and 40s! In 2012 and 2013, Spectrum Big Band was a finalist in the Music ACT Annual Music Awards (MAMAs) in the category of Best Orchestra, Concert, Brass or Big Band. (source)


I would like to express my great appreciation to Adam Matthews to give me the permission to document the band’s rehearsals and performances. Also, I would like to thank the band members for their kindness and patience with me.