Another season is drawing to a close…

It’s always mixed feelings at this time of year, as the season comes to a close.

On the one hand, we are going to say goodbye to several wonderful musicians, who have given DYJO their all. This year those leaving this year include three off to music colleges to study jazz, and others off to places like Cambridge to study things like engineering or mathematics. So we will be sad to see them go, and at the same will time celebrate their achievements, and wish them well for their futures.

On the other hand, we can also look forward to two new bands from September: for some it will be a move from DYJO2 to DYJO1, and for DYJO2 it will be welcoming new players. For both bands it’s an exciting process, and for the individual players, it’s a new chapter in their musical journey. Who knows where we’ll be at this time next year?

As for this year… well, we know where we were tonight: at St Andrew’s Church, Colyton. A new venue for us, and what a venue it proved to be! A full house of wonderfully enthusiastic people, a grand mixture of locals and ever-supportive DYJO parents and friends. And, of course, both DYJO2 and DYJO1 played their socks off. A good send off for the bands of 2015-16.

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Will Pearce wins place at jazz composers’ summer school

Not content with auditioning for and gaining a place at the National Youth Jazz Collective Summer School, DYJO1 trombonist Will Pearce has been accepted onto the Sound and Music Jazz Composers’ Summer School, being held at the Purcell School in Hertfordshire in August.

Will submitted a four movement jazz suite for trombone and piano, recording it with a fellow pupil at Exeter School. Will joins a list of DYJO musicians who have turned their hand to jazz composition. In the past Harry Dowell, James Morrison and Chris McMurran conducted their own compositions with DYJO at the Montreux Jazz Festival – who knows, maybe Will will have the opportunity to the same!

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