CYJO - Christchurch Youth Jazz Orchestra

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The 2016 Christchurch Youth Jazz Orchestra, which rehearses every Monday evening at Ara Music Arts, performed it’s first concert of the season. Originally formed by Tom Rainey in 2011, it was restarted in 2015 through a collaboration between the Big Band Festival committee and Ara Music Arts.

This year the best young jazz musicians from around the city, ably led by Ara Music Arts tutor Scott Taitoko, have continued the tradition of big Band music. Of the band Scott says, “It’s been great watching all the different musicians from all the secondary schools come together, making new friendships and creating great big band sounds”.

The Personelle;

Vocals – Ella Dunbar-Wilcox – Burnside High School

Alto Sax 1 – Ryan Hall – ex-Burnside High School

Alto Sax 2 – Stacey Potter – Burnside High School

Tenor Sax 1 – Aiden McCulloch – Cashmere High School

Tenor Sax 2 – Alena LeNgoc ex–Papanui High School

Bari Sax – Mahon Moevao ex-Papanui High School

Trombone 1 – Ben Rainey ex–St Andrews College

Trombone 2 – James MacKay – ex-Nayland College

Trombone 3 – Serge Beaton – St Andrews’ College

Trombone 4 – Rebecca Harris - RangiRuru Girls’ High School

Trumpet 1 – David Petch – Burnside High School

Trumpet 2 – Angus Rainey – St Andrews’ College

Trumpet 3 - Toby Buckner – Riccarton High School

Trumpet 4 – Stephen Mosa’ati – Burnside High School

Piano – Frankie Daly – ex-Marion College

Guitar  - Matt Howes – Burnside High School

Bass – Hamish Smith – Burnside High School

Drums – Kyle Martin – Papanui High School

Drums - Karen Hu – Rangiruru Girls’ High School

The final concert of the season will be opening for the ‘James Morrison with the Symposium Jazz Orchestra’ concert. Scott again, “What an opportunity for these young musicians to play with James Morrison, an absolute jazz icon! The students are over the moon. Such a fantastic occasion to finish up a solid season”

CYJO with James Morrison and the Symposium Jazz Orchestra – 23rd October at the Charles Luney Auditorium at St Margarets’ College.

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