National Youth Jazz Festival- Grahamstown
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Parel Vallei Jazz Band
Eight PAREL VALLEI learners attended and participated in the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival, a part of the Grahamstown National Arts Festival for 2015.
The Festival has become one of the most significant jazz development programmes in the country, bringing together over 300 learners (high school and university), 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 Parel Vallei Jazz Band was given the opportunity to perform in a show and each learner also took part in either the mixed-ability bands or the vocal ensemble, and these groups performed on two occasions during the week.
Everyone returned with a renewed enthusiasm and passion for their music, inspired by their attendance at such a fantastic event.