At Paul Bothner Music we pride ourselves on our extensive involvement with the improvement and development of local musicians. So it is a with great pride that we once again announce our involvement with the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival in Grahamstown.
Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival
For over 17 years the festival has been promoting the development of jazz in South Africa.
The festival is a week-long celebration of jazz and the furtherment of jazz. Annually, over 300 students and 40 teachers descend upon the arts-friendly town of Grahamstown for an event like no other.
The main aim of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival is the development of jazz. To this end, there are over 90 professional jazz musicians and educators who attend as teachers. Over the course of the week, students will get to learn from the South African masters of jazz.
Of course, the event is about more than just attending workshops and classes. Each band will get to play on the world class main stage. Not only will the students learn how play better, they will get the opportunity to put their new chops to the test.
The top jazz students will be given the opportunity to audition for the Standard Bank National Schools Big Band as well as the National Youth Jazz Band.
The national bands are conducted by some of the countries top performers and educators. Because of this the national bands make an excellent platform to potentially launch a life-long career in music.
The national bands regularly tour the country and play at all the big festivals. They play from Cape Town to Joburg and Durban. Additionally they have even had the opportunity to play in New York, Sweden and the Netherlands!
The 2017 Festival is running from 3rd until the 8th of July. [Click Here] if you would like to buy tickets to the event