Friday, 30 November 2012

Young Musicians invited to apply for Big Band Swing Jamboree 2013

Sunday 10th February 
The Grammar School at Leeds

Jazz Yorkshire is repeating its successful one-day big band workshop for players up to 18 years of age on Sunday 10th February 2013 at the Grammar School at Leeds. This represents another great opportunity for young musicians to benefit from participation in a high quality big band swing experience.

The event, which will be free to participants, will be mentored by Al Wood, formerly a member of the Maynard Ferguson Big Band and a nationally respected big band leader; and John Ellis, head of the renowned Doncaster Youth Jazz Association who is internationally recognised as a leading developer of Youth Jazz Orchestras and was awarded the MBE for his work in this area.

Applications, which should be received before December 31st 2012, are invited from or on behalf of musicians in the 12 to 18 year age group who enjoy playing big band swing music and wish to spend a day working with two of the best big band directors in the business.

Successful applicants will work with John and Al on the many aspects of big band performance. The day will end with a concert open to the general public. How to apply There are openings for players on alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, trumpet, trombone, piano/keyboards, bass/bass guitar, guitar, and kit drums.

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Music directors with an interest in youth jazz orchestras/swing bands, and young musicians not directly involved are welcome to observe the event.

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