17th April 2015
Writing: Devan Shah (Year 13)
This year, Jazz Band was once again able to take part in the Amersham Music Festival - this time in the comfort of our own school hall. We were joined for the occasion by a sextet from the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, both for the concert and a rehearsal beforehand.
We began in the afternoon when the NYJO group, including their musical director Mark Armstrong, came and assessed the band's skill. After some clapping exercises that took us all by surprise they helped us work through some of our harder pieces. This helped us work better as a unit, creating a tighter, much improved end product. It was hugely informative for all of us and gave us an idea of the standard required in a major band.
The concert in the evening was a huge success with over 250 people there to enjoy the huge variety in both the Jazz Band and the sextet’s repertoire. We performed some old favourites like Honk, as well as some new pieces such as Rule the Roost, and the sextet showcased some classic pieces including the famous Love for Sale, originally sung by Cole Porter. This was also the first time the band was recorded live in concert to add to the album we are hoping to release soon.
We look forward to next year’s festival with great anticipation. We will now be joining the Swing Band tour in the summer holidays for our final few concerts of this great year.