Today saw this season’s group of Ambassadors deliver their first workshop to primary-age children at Rydon School in Kingsteignton.
After a quick rehearsal, the band was ready to wow Year 5 with Beastly, C Jam Blues, and Blue Bossa, but first the children wowed DYJO with their impressive knowledge of jazz! Then, having given the children a taste of great music, it was down to the serious (but still fun!) business of teaching them to play.
Year 5 had been learning trumpet, cornet, or tuba for only a few weeks, but they quickly learned to identify funk, swing, and Latin rhythms, and by the end of the workshop were playing along with the Ambassadors – and dancing too!
Well done to all of today’s Ambassadors for playing brilliantly, and for working so skilfully with their young audience – for many of them, it was their first experience of taking part in a workshop with children.
And a big thank you to Rydon Primary for their warm welcome, and for giving us the opportunity to work with such a well-behaved, and enthusiastic group of children.
Our new Ambassadors’ manager, Ben, has fond memories of going into school as one of the Ambassadors himself, and it was fantastic to see him continuing to spread the message of how much fun learning and playing jazz can be!
And if you’d like to hear the Ambassadors, they have their first gig of the season in Totnes on Saturday 18th March.