About Us

The Dan Mclean Big Band is Canberra’s premier professional Big Band. The band is led by Dan Mclean and is composed entirely of professional jazz musicians living and working in the ACT. Boasting some of the most highly qualified and skilled artists in the country, the Dan McLean big band performs the full compliment of styles and genres from the 20s through to modern jazz and including originals pieces by its own members as well as local composers.

The band is excited and privileged to have the marvelous Hetty Kate on vocals singing with them. With her smooth, sweet tone reminding you of the greats of the 40’s and 50’s Hetty has become a favorite of the lindy hop and blues scenes. She regularly performs in Australia and abroad with the likes of James Morrison, Gordon Webster, The Pearly Shells Swing Orchestra, The B# Big Band and Daryl McKenzie’s Jazz Orchestra.

Dan McLean (Band Leader)

After completing the Bachelor of Music Honours degree majoring in Jazz at ANU under the guidance of Miroslav Bukovsky. Dan has established himself as a versatile trumpet player, recording, arranging and performing with numerous bands in Canberra as well as being a regular performer at many of Australia’s Jazz Festivals. He is also the band leader of ‘The Dan Mclean Big Band’ Canberra’s premier professional big band. His experience has included performing as lead trumpet for Royal Caribbean cruises; as a member of the Canberra Philharmonic and Pops Orchestra’s, and soloist encompassing Trad, Contemporary Jazz and commercial music. He has performed with artists such as James Morrison, Hetty Kate, Grace knight, Gordon Webster, The Platters, Bobby Arvon… and many more..

The Band

Trumpets: Dan Mclean, Miroslav Bukovsky, Ben Marston, Steve Carter
Trombones: Valdis Thomann, Rob Lee, Rod Harding, Darren Ormsby
Saxophones: Dan Bray, Tom Fell, Andrew Hackwill, Adam Mathews, John Mackey
Piano: Wayne Kelly
Double Bass: James Luke
Guitar : Greg Stott
Drums : Mark Sutton