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Jazz Band

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The Jazz Band is our largest ensemble and with no audition requirement it is open for anyone to join who plays either the flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, guitar, bass guitar, double bass, piano, drum kit or tuned percussion. Weekly rehearsals are run by Mrs Petersen, this academic year on Thursdays from 3.30 – 4.30 pm.

The Jazz Band was first formed in September 2002 when Mrs Petersen took up the post of Head of Music at Robert Smyth.  The band has gone from strength to strength and has achieved a lot during its existence.

Here are a list of the band’s most notable achievements to date:

Awards:

  • 2015: Winner of the Rotary Young Musician competition for the East Midlands
  • 2014: Winner of the Rotary Young Musician competition for the East Midlands
  • 2013: Winner of the Rotary Young Musician competition for the East Midlands
  • 2012: Winner of the Rotary Young Musician competition for the East Midlands
  • 2009: Winner of the Rotary Young Musician competition for the East Midlands
  • 2009: Silver Award [current Gold Award equivalent] at the National Concert Band Festival
  • 2007: Winner of the Rotary Young Musician competition for the East Midlands
  • 2007: Silver Award [current Gold Award equivalent]  at the National Concert Band Festival
  • 2006: Winner of the Rotary Young Musician competition for the East Midlands

Tours & Festivals:

  • 2016: Tour of Spain (Barcelona & Costa Dorada)
  • 2015: Four Countries tour to Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg & Germany
  • 2014: Tour of Italy (Venice)
  • 2013: Tour to Denmark and performance at the international Riverside Jazz Festival in Silkeborg
  • 2012: Selected to represent the UK at the 30th ISME World Conference in Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2011: Tour of Czech Republic and performance at the Karlovy Vary Jazz Festival
  • 2010: Selected to represent the UK at the 29th ISME World Conference in Beijing, China
  • 2010: Appearance on BBC East Midlands TV
  • 2010: Live Performance on BBC Radio Leicester
  • 2010: Performance in Rotary Charity Concert at De Montfort Hall, Leicester
  • 2009: Tour of Denmark and performance at Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen
  • 2009: Rotary International Convention at the ICC, Birmingham
  • 2008: Tour of Spain (Barcelona region)
  • 2008: Music for Youth National Festival
  • 2007: Tour of Czech Republic
  • 2006: Tour of Paris
  • 2006: Music for Youth National Festival
  • 2005: Tour of Denmark and performance at the international Copenhagen Jazz Festival

CD releases (featuring the Jazz Band & Soul Patrol):

  • 2010: ‘Beiswing’ album (available to purchase from the RSA general website at £5)
  • 2007: ‘Czechin’ Out’ album (no longer available)
  • 2005: ‘Jazzed Up & Soul’d Out’ album (no longer available)