Suffolk Youth Jazz Orchestra

Suffolk County Music Service (SCMS) runs a bespoke programme for Suffolk’s finest young musicians. These high-level County Music Groups offer exciting performance opportunities throughout the year, performing at prestigious venues

Ensembles are coached by SCMS’s professional team of tutors and guest artists from our partner professional organisations, which in the 2023-24 season included professional musicians from the Suffolk Jazz School. 

  • Suffolk Youth Jazz Orchestra (SYJO): for trumpet players, trombonists, saxophonists, drummers & percussionists, guitarists,  a keyboard/piano player and a bassist (electric or acoustic). Grade 5 standard and upwards (or a musician who is confident in learning by ear and improvisation).  This season SYJO will work on pieces by the incredible Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band; WDR Big Band, the 8-Bit Big Band and the Bob Curnow Big Band to name a few!  

Why join?

  • Perform in prestigious concert venues. Last season our Suffolk Youth Jazz Orchestra got to attend the Ipswich Jazz and Blues Festival as guests of the big band 'Horn Factory.
  • The aspiration is for Suffolk Youth Jazz Orchestra to start touring as soon as viable.
  • Work with, and learn from professional musicians.
  • Take your instrumental skills to the very highest levels.
  • Learn, play and perform a varied and exciting programme of music.
  • Develop your ensemble performance skills.
  • Play with like-minded musicians and friends as part of a brilliant team!
  • Experience a progressive pathway in your personal, musical and broader educational development and gather excellent experience for your CV/ College/University application statements.

More information

Open the menu below to find out how to apply and read more information about these County Music Groups.

Contact us if you have any questions by email or phone 01473 263400. 

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