Founded in January 2015.
Consists of ±15 members.
Who takes part:
Boys and girls from grade 8 – 12.
Activities throughout the year:
Performances at big events for example: sports days, concerts, prize-givings, Open Day.
Stellenbosch Eisteddfod Trophy: For Jazz Band (High School, Students, Open) – 2016 and 2017.
To build self-confidence and to encourage group participation.
Individual and group training in various jazz instruments, in a Big Band style.
How to sign up:
Per invitation from a Music staff member.
Practice sessions take place every Tuesday, directly after school.
Mr D. Combe
PV BIG BAND – JAZZ FESTIVAL 2017
Twelve Parel Vallei learners, who form our awesome Big Band, attended and participated in the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival 2017, part of the Grahamstown National Arts Festival.
The festival is one of the most significant jazz development programmes in the country, bringing together over 300 learners and students, 40 teachers, as well as about 90 professional jazz musicians and educators from all over South Africa. The festival runs for a week and includes innovative jazz performances, rehearsals, workshops, lectures, networking and an opportunity for South Africa’s future jazz musicians to interact personally and musically with their peers and the country’s top performers. Listening to the best of what national and international jazz musicians have to offer was a pleasure!
The purpose of this festival is to “set the stage for a national search for the finest young jazz talent in the country”. Our own Matthew Marais and Luke Verrezen were selected and auditioned for the National Youth Jazz Band. They played their hearts out for a prestigious place in this national band. Although they were not chosen in the end, the experience of being part of this process was in itself the opportunity. The other PV Big Band members took part in the mixed-ability bands and performed on two occasions during the week. Everyone returned with renewed enthusiasm and passion for their music, inspired by this fantastic event. A big vote of thanks to the eight matrics who formed the core of the band this year, elevating it to its present excellence; and let’s not forget Mr Combe for his continued inspiration.