Congratulations to our musicians!!
The Auckland Schools’ Jazz Bands Competition attracted 28 entries who competed over three days of heats before the best groups lined up and performed in the finals at the Auckland Jazz and Blues Club.
Even before the final performances it was clear Lynfield had done something special by being the only school to have a group in both categories (Jazz Combo and Big Band).
The finals were judged by internationally-acclaimed bass player Tom Warrington, and Lynfield won impressively in all three categories
Our successful Jazz Combo under the leadership of Mr Paul Norman has returned from a week in Melbourne.
|During the week they performed and took part in workshops at three Melbourne high schools and were inspired by professional players at two of Melbournes top jazz clubs. They also spent a day at Monash University where the group supported drummer Ryu Kodama at his audition. The tutors were very impressed at the standard of the group and Ryu has been offered at place for 2017.
The main draw card was the Generations in Jazz Festival, held in Mt Gambier. This festival attracts around 5000 students from around Austalia who spend the weekend taking part in performances and workshops. There were also concerts by internationally acclaimed artists One O'Clock Lab band (Grammar Award nominees from USA), Kate Cerbrano and James Morrison.
Some photos below give a glimpse of what they experienced week 1 of this term.
The 39th National Youth Jazz Competition was held over two days at Easter weekend as part of the National Jazz Festival in Tauranga.
Judge Dr. Rodger Fox felt the standard of combos was improving year to year, in large part due to the schools returning to the competition and building on their performances each time. As a first time judge Roger Manins was impressed by the bands' performances and the Competition.
“The Competition is doing everything right, it’s a great environment, a relaxed atmosphere and the students get the opportunity to play in a large auditorium to a big audience. I have really been blown away by the standard and feel privileged to be involved.”
Lynfield's Jazz Combo recently performed in Cornwall Park as part of the Auckland City Council's Music in Parks summer series