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A celebration of eight youth jazz bands and their band leaders will be held at Artscape on Youth Day, Saturday 16 June at 7.30pm.
With the aim of advocating and promoting a platform for bandleaders and their bands, Artscape commemorates Youth Day on 16 June with Band Stand where eight unique youth bands present their original diverse styles of music and compositions in the Artscape Theatre at 7.30pm.
Ensuring their commitment to music literacy and to develop young musicians within the fields of brass and woodwind instruments, Artscape has provided a mentorship programme for these bands with three acclaimed musicians, Marc de Kock, Ian Smith and Camillo Lombard.
The bands are from the Western Cape and include –
The Dymamix Jazz Band (Bellville), Groote Schuur High School Jazz Ensemble (Newlands), Major Voices (Khayelitsha), WCYO Jazz Band (Langebaan), After-School Project (Kuilsriver), Odwa Bongo (Cape Town), Thorns & Roses (Steenberg) and the Marc de Kock Big Band (Rondebosch).
Their repertoire ranges from well-known Jazz Standards, African music, local and international Jazz, Latin, Pop Covers, Cappella, Isicathamiya, Afro Gospel, Marimba and more.
Because of the high standard and commitment of these bands, they play regularly at their schools and are invited to perform at popular venues, weddings, funeral services, celebrations and corporate functions.
Dr Marlene le Roux, CEO Artscape states that: ‘Band Stand is a stepping-stone to provide opportunities and access to significant role players and technical support. We are privileged to showcase these young musicians with their band leaders.
Tickets cost R40 and available through Artscape Dial-a-Seat 021 421 7695, Computicket, Shoprite and Checkers outlets Call Computicket on 0861 915 8000 or online www.computicket.com or www.artscape.co.za/event/band-stand-2
Band Stand is suitable for the entire family – book your tickets now.