On the 3 July the Wiltshire Music Centre are bringing WYJO to us for a big band summer concert of jazz in Chippenham. Don’t miss out, get your tickets here
We caught up with Mike Daniels, Music Director of WYJO to find out a bit more about the orchestra and what they will be playing:
How does a young person become a member of WYJO?
The Wiltshire Youth Jazz Orchestra is a group of some of the best young jazz players around. Young members all are grade 6 standard or equivalent, and get involved through Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford on Avon. It’s a brilliant collective of young players who love playing jazz music to a high standard with some of the best soloists.
What age group are the performers?
Up to the age of 21 in full time education.
What instruments are included in WYJO?
Lots of brass including saxophones, trumpets, trombones. There’s also piano, bass, guitar and drums. It’s a real Big Band sound!
What advice would you give to a young person who wanted to join WYJO?
Get in touch with Wiltshire Music Centre! WYJO is one of the best youth jazz orchestras in the South West. You get to perform really great music on professional stages, improve your technique, and also perform with some of the best professional jazz soloists in the county. In February 2016, Award-winning trombonist Dennis Rollins (Courtney Pine, Maceo Parker, Blur) rehearsed and performed on stage with us which was brilliant.
Can you tell us about a couple of the pieces of jazz in Chippenham that WYJO will be playing on the 3rd?
We’ll be doing lots of classics including ‘I Got You Under My Skin’ and some fun, Latin American numbers like ‘The Girl from Ipanema’. It’ll be one of the best performances of Big Band music that you’ll hear. I won’t give away the rest of the programme – pop down and experience it on 3 July!