Held over several Saturday afternoons at the Jazz and Blues Club in Pt Chevalier the competition for school Jazz Bands was one our music groups relished.
We had three groups enter across 2 categories; in the Jazz Combo category the Lynfield College Jazz Combo and the Lynfield College Fusion ensemble, and in the Big Band category the Lynfield College Big Band.
All three of our groups made it through the heats and into the finals where the top four bands in each category performed for awards.
Our Big Band won that category gaining a platinum award and our Jazz Combo won a gold award in the jazz combo category with the Fusion Ensemble winning a silver.
The image shows the musicians with their awards.
Having been selected to perform at the KBB Gala Concert at the end of last week's KBB Festival our Big Band was awarded one of just two golds (the other went to Pukekohe High School).
Lynfield's other music groups also received awards - the orchestra received a bronze, the Chamber Orchestra Silver(led by Dave Snelling this was the first time they have been entered) and the Concert Band received their best ever result with a Silver Award.
Congratulations to all our musicians!
On Good Friday the Lynfield College Big Band went to Tauranga to compete in the National Youth Jazz Festival.
This band involves 20 students from Years 9 to 13 and is directed by Paul Norman. At the end of the day, dedicated to Big Band performances, they were awarded the New Orleans Trophy for Best Big Band.
The following day involved smaller jazz groups from both secondary schools and the open section for U20's. At the conclusion of this day the Lynfield College Big Band was awarded the More FM Cup for Best of Festival, acknowledging them as the best band across the two days.
The prize also included some equipment for the band and a workshop with Wellington saxophonist Colin Hemmingsen.