Pete Johnson - Lead


Pete studied at the Leeds College of Music before joining the on ship orchestras of Royal Caribbean. Since returning to land he has been in demand as a freelance player, working with the likes of the Neville Staple Band, the Abstract Orchestra and even put in an appearance in Peaky Blinders. He is currently completing his Masters at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and has recently joined the Rush Theatre Company.

Dom Blackwell - 2nd


Dom is a first year veterinary student at University of Nottingham. This is his second gig with the Ben Ward Big Band having joined them in 2018. Dom enjoys playing in pit bands and has been playing in shows since he was 14 - he has recently played in 'West Side Story' and 'Miracle on 34th Street' with Nottingham-based societies. Dom started playing in big bands by depping with the Nottingham Jazz Orchestra and since then has developed a taste for it. Besides Big Bands, Dom enjoys orchestral music and has played with Derbyshire County Youth orchestra for several years. Outside of music, Dom is a keen footballer and animal lover.

Kevin Stewart - 3rd


I have played trombone for over 40 years and discovered big bands around 10 years ago including being a long term member of the Nottingham Jazz Orchestra and my playing is now entirely in that genre. I now play lead trombone for Stardust Big Band, Alfreton Big Band and Ravenshead Swing Band. I enjoy playing solos with these bands including recently Truly, Shadow of Your Smile and The Way We Were. As a member of the Ben Ward Big Band I am excited by the musicianship of the members many of whom have or are embarking on a professional musical career.

Tom Davis - Bass



Tom has been playing brass instruments for 16 years. Learning to play the Euphonium at age 12 and achieving his Grade 8 at the age of 19. He went on to study Music at Anglia Ruskin University and began learning to play the Trombone achieving his Grade 8 in second year and performing his final recital on Trombone. Whilst at university Tom played in many ensembles including Cambridge University Music Society. He collaborated in many large-scale projects and Orchestral works around the East of England on Trombone and Bass Trombone. 

Since graduating university in 2013, Tom has achieved Grade 8 in Music Theory. In 2014 he moved to Nottingham to become a Brass Teacher for the Music Hub. Tom now works for a number of schools in Nottingham as a freelance Peripatetic Brass Teacher as well as a private Brass Tutor. In 2018 he achieved an Associate of the Royal School of Music Performance Diploma on Trombone. Tom has played with ensembles and Music Education projects in the region as well as playing Trombone in various different productions including armature productions around the Midlands. Tom Is looking forward to his second gig playing Bass Trombone for the Ben Ward Big Band.