Trees is the brainchild of Brighton based bassist and composer Terry Pack.

With a career spanning more than four decades and including spells with The Enid, Cozy Powell, Graham Bonnet and Steve Hackett to name but a few, Terry has in recent years turned his focus onto jazz and improvised music. His recent musical collaborations read like a ‘who’s who’ of the British jazz scene (Claire Martin, The Cloggz, Ben Castle, Bobby Wellins, Nigel Price, Martin France).The seed for Trees was planted when Mark Bassey (trombonist/composer and educator) encouraged Terry to take his compositions to workshops, ensembles and big bands. An enthusiastic response encouraged him to write and arrange more pieces and the natural evolution of Trees began.

An ‘unfeasibly large ensemble’ performing an eclectic mix of contemporary and groove-based compositions, Trees is now an inclusive and community based group comprising up to 40 musicians at any time and augmented by guest professional musicians keen to take part in one of the most exciting new musical projects in and around Brighton. Imaginative, fresh arrangements of classic tunes fuse seamlessly with innovative compositions by the bandleader and band members alike. The objectives of Trees are:

  • to create new music by and for Trees
  • to write new arrangements of original material specifically for Trees
  • to attain and sustain a high level of excellence
  • to be flexible, open and inclusive regarding lineup and personnel
  • to facilitate the workshopping of new ideas
  • to developing the technical, composition and improvisational skills of the members of the group
  • to collaborate with musicians from education institutions and community groups in UK and Continental Europe

Having established a presence on the local music scene, Trees has a busy series of appearances ahead both at festivals and at venues further afield and are currently booking into next Spring.  Work on a debut album is planned for later this year.

BAND LEADER

Terry Pack

MUSICIANS

Including but not limited to:

Trombones - MARK BASSEY, Paul Nieman, Will Rumfitt, Tim Wade, Charlotte White, TARIK MECCI, PETER THOMPSON, Sam Byard, ellen campbell, Mimi Nicholson, Mike Hext, Richard Nield

Trumpets - Jack Kendon, Gabriel Garrick, Jane Stimpson, Martin Bradley, Moshe Ibelo, Chris Coull, Steve Lawless, bob turner, chris willard,  Martijn Van Galen, Raul D'Oliveira


FRENCH HORN - JONATHAN HARWOOd

tuba - barnaby rogers

Reeds - Andy Pickett, JO LUCKMAN, PhiLippe Guyard, Chantelle Rizan, Kate Hogg, Charlotte Glasson,
Merlin Shepherd, Beccy Rork, Phil Paton, john styles, 
Julian Nicholas, Linda Atkinson, ROB LEAKE, CLAIRE WESTERN,
 PAUL BRIGGS, 
ROBIN BLAKEMAN, claire wootton, julia strong, Abi cox, sylvie kinnear

FLUTES - Greg Maddocks, Mike Guest, Hilary Burt, Lucy Pickering, ann whiteside, kath shaw

Keys - Mark Edwards, Alice Hawkes, David Beebee, Tom Phelan, Neil Corin, jack stephenson-oliver, nick magnus


Bass - Eddie Myer, Terry Pack

Drums and percussion - Ollie Boorman, Milo Fell, Tristan Banks, Matt Hobson, DUDLEY MOORE

Guitars -  James Osler, Enrico Pinna, Matt Wilson, Phil Hudson

Vocals - Red Gray, VIKKI PARKER, Lucy Pickering, Annie Lightly,  Elaine Crouch, Imogen Ryall, Antony DurranT,
HEATHER camille, Rachel Munro