Festival a high note for CPIT

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30 Jul 2015

CPIT is thrilled to once again host the JazzQuest – a vibrant festival of big band and jazz music with inspirational young talent on display.

 JazzQuest is an annual competition for secondary school jazz bands, showcasing the quality of some of the country's top school jazz bands and musicians. This year the event is being held in the MusicArts Auditiorium  from July 31 until August 2nd .

"This weekend we celebrate the musical achievements of South Island school music programmes, from the small boutique jazz combos to the powerhouse big bands," CPIT MusicArts programme director Gwyn Reynolds says.

"We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the students, parents and teachers whose tireless work and support makes this weekend such an important date on the Christchurch music calendar every year."

Bands are awarded gold, silver and bronze awards, and individual musicians are presented awards for outstanding contributions on their instruments, as well as for original compositions and arrangements. This year's judges are Daniel Hayes and Lauren Ellis, both renowned New Zealand Jazz musicians.

Reynolds is looking forward to seeing the talent on display and hopes many students will consider CPIT's MusicArts programmes in the future to further enhance their skills.  He says 2016 will see the launch of the brand new CPIT Bachelor of Music Arts degree programme. "This new degree expands to offer multiple pathways for students looking to kick start their music career in this expanding industry."

For more information visit www.cpit.ac.nz/study-options/our-study-interest-areas/music-arts/jazzquest.