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SECONDARY & INTERMEDIATE
SCHOOL JAZZ COMPETITIONS

 

About the Young Jazz Band-it Competitions

The Young Jazz Band-it competitions, supported by Youthtown, have been developed to support jazz music programmes and jazz understanding through the distribution of New Zealand inspired, popular compositions arranged for secondary and intermediate school jazz ensembles.

Created by Youthtown and the Aotearoa Jazz Education & Performance Charitable Trading Trust Inc. (CC56767) in association with Musicworks NZ and Victoria University of Wellington/Te Koki New Zealand School of Music, this is a programme for High School and Intermediate School Jazz Bands.

The overall aims of the Young Jazz Band-it are to elevate musicianship, broaden musical perspectives and inspire performance.

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There are three elements to the Young Jazz Band-It competition contested by High School and Intermediate School Jazz Bands, composers and soloists:

  1. Young Jazz Band-It - Essential NZ Jazz Band Competition

  2. Young Jazz Band-It - NZ Jazz Composition Competition

  3. Young Jazz Band-it - NZ Jazz Improvisation Competition

Process

Every year Youthtown and the Aotearoa Jazz Education & Performance Charitable Trading Trust Inc. will commission arrangements of New Zealand popular music for jazz ensembles.

Four arrangements, along with sound files, will be sent to participating secondary and intermediate school band directors.

During the year, band directors will be sent a newsletter giving access to online educational materials to help with the rehearsal and presentation of the arrangements.

Participating Bands then upload a video recording of their band's performance of one of the Essential NZ arrangements to the Young Jazz Band-it link for evaluation. The final date to get your video uploaded is Monday, 27 June 2022.

The video recording counts as an application to the Young Jazz Band-It competition for the Secondary and Intermediate School Jazz Band Festival to be staged in Wellington on Friday 30 September and Saturday 01 October 2022.

Palmerston North Boys High School Jazz Band.

The 10 top bands will be invited to perform at the grand final 2022 along with the finalists in the Jazz Composition and Jazz Improvisation competitions. Venue/s to be announced.

At the Festival, each band is required to perform four (4) charts in total. Two (2) charts must be from the Essential NZ library and two (2) own choice selections which can include a vocal.

The Festival ends with an awards ceremony and a concert by the Rodger Fox Big Band and special guest(s).

Prizes Offered

Young Band-It - Essential NZ Jazz Band Competition

1st: $6,000 Musical equipment from Musicworks NZ, plus Recording and Music Video

2nd: $2,500 Musical equipment from Musicworks NZ

3rd: $1,500 Musical Equipment from Musicworks NZ

Young Jazz Band-It - NZ Jazz Composition Competition

1st: $1,000 Musical Equipment from Musicworks NZ

2nd: $500 Musical Equipment from Musicworks NZ

Young Jazz Band-it – NZ Jazz Improvisation Competition

1st: $750 Instrumental section: Musical Equipment from Musicworks NZ

1st: $750 Vocal section: Musical Equipment from Musicworks NZ

1st: $750 Drum section: Musical Equipment from Musicworks NZ

 

 

 
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