A 'BIG band' that started out as a jazz quartet is looking to take on a drummer and trombone players.

Shepton Mallet Big Band was established more than 30 years ago and today is a vibrant group of players of all ages and backgrounds, living or working in the mid-Somerset area.

Its repertoire includes music from the golden big band era of the 1940s, including Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Louis, Ella and Sinatra and also contemporary funk and soul style music such as pieces by Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder and Imelda May.

The band's Hannah Richards said: "We have recently undergone a change in musical directorship, where we said a sad goodbye to Jo Sykes.

"We are now run entirely from within the band, with Clare Sydenham taking on the role leading the band and Tony Scragg working behind the scenes to keep everything going, as well as playing in the band.

"The band has thrived with this new internal directorship and have had an exceptionally busy few weeks.

"We have played at the Jubilee beacon lighting in Holcombe, the Bath and West Show, the Jubilee celebrations in Wells and kicking off the annual Collet Park Day in Shepton Mallet.

"All of these were great events, even in challenging weather conditions at times."

Upcoming performances include playing at Barton St David Carnival on July 16 and Shepton Mallet Church Fete on July 23.

The band rehearses every Monday evening in the Binegar Memorial Hall and performs regularly at local events.

Hannah added: "We welcome enquiries from event organisers and local musicians wishing to join the band.

"In particular at the moment we are looking for a drummer and trombone players."

You can make contact via Info.sheptonbigband@yahoo.com, www.facebook.com/smbb.SheptonMalletBigBand or www.instagram.com/sheptonmalletbigband/