Christchurch's Premier High School Jazz Band Competition
JazzQuest is an annual competition for secondary school jazz bands, showcasing the quality of some of the countries top school jazz bands and musicians.
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.
JazzQuest 2016 - 5-7 August
Download the JazzQuest competition application form (PDF: 0.7MB).
JAM Jazz mentoring programme
Do you run a high school jazz band or contemporary group? Would you like help and advice to get the most out of your band?
Ara's Music Arts has set up JAM, a jazz mentoring programme to help out band leaders, choral groups and directors in the Christchurch area by offering one of our experienced tutors to attend your band rehearsals and offer practical advice. One of our tutors can attend your band's rehearsal, offering advice on areas such as articulation, dynamics, sound production and technique, technology, repertoire choice, phrasing, improvisation, feel and stylistic interpretation.
This service is offered at no cost to your school or band. Please note, the JAM service is subject to availability of Ara tutors at the time of your band practice.
JAM sessions are available all year long, but are usually undertaken during Term 2, in preparation for JazzQuest.
2015 JazzQuest winners
|David Petch||Trumpet||Burnside High School|
|Ben Rainey||Trombone||St Andrews College|
|Hamish Smith||Bass||Burnside High School|
|Ben Ashby||Reeds||Christchurch Boy's High School|
|Jack Page||Piano||Burnside High School|
|Matthew Howes||Guitar||Burnside High School|
|Karen Hu||Drums||Rangi Ruru Girl's School|
|Ella Dunbar-Wilcox||Vocalist||Burnside High School|
Competition top awards
|Student or group||Award||School|
|Ella Dunbar-Wilcox||Best Composition||Burnside High School|
|Hamish Smith||Best overall musician||Burnside High School|
|Burnside High School Big Band||Best Jazz Ensemble||Burnside High School|
|Burnside High School Senior Combo||Best big band||Burnside High School|
|Junior Combo||Burnside High School|
|Senior Combo||Burnside High School|
|Big Band||Burnside High School|
|Big Band||St Andrews College|
|Senior Combo||St Andrews College|
|Big band||Rangi Ruru Girl's School|
|Combo||Rangi Ruru Girl's School|
|Funk Band||Christchurch Boys High School|
|Big Band||Christchurch Boys High School|
|Dr Vesuvius and the Uranus Moon Children||Hagley College|
|Jazz Combo||Cashmere High School|
|Big Band||Logan Park High School|
|Stage Band||Cashmere High School|
|Darfield Big Band||Darfield High School|
|Darfunk||Darfield High School|
|Bedes Per Minute||St Bedes College|
|Chisnallwood Combo||Chisnallwood Intermediate School|
|Jazz Combo||Marian College|
|Big Band||Nelson College|
|Jazz Band||Hagley College|
|Big Band||St Margaret's College|
|Jazz Theory Club||St Margaret's College|
|Big Band||Cashmere High School|
|Big Band||Chisnallwood Intermediate School|