The 24th Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival took place in the DR Wynne Music School and on the DSG campus over half term, as it has done since its inception in 1992. It is bigger and better than it has ever been before with almost 400 participants, 42 South African teachers and performers plus 26 visiting professionals from places such as Slovakia, USA, Netherlands, Australia, France, Switzerland, Italy, Mozambique, UK, Brazil, Sweden and Norway. There were five very full days packed with lectures, workshops, band practices, open rehearsals and world class performances.
Every year a number of musicians audition for membership of three prestigious youth ensembles. Regional auditions across the country are followed by rigorous auditions on day one of the Festival. These ensembles are then put through their paces over four days before presenting concerts on the main jazz stage. We are very proud of three young College and DSG musicians who achieved success: Zak Schlebusch (trumpet) and Zuko Yaka (drums) were selected for the National Schools ‘B’ Band while Wandi Makandula was selected as the vocalist for the National Schools Big Band. This national recognition is indeed a huge honour for them and equates with selection to play under-18 sport for SA.
Director of Culture