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Leeds Youth Jazz Rock Orchestra

posted 5 Jul 2010, 05:10 by Steve Harris   [ updated 14 May 2011, 10:48 ]
The Leeds Youth Jazz Rock Orchestra (LYJRO) has been in existence since 1991 and was established by Education Leeds to cater for ever increasing interest in jazz from young people. LYJRO's aim is to offer young people of Leeds the opportunity to experience through performance, the spectrum of jazz related styles ranging from swing to 'hip hop' and funk.

The authority also established a training band which introduces the young people to the first steps in improvisation and jazz ensemble work. In 1993 they won a Gold Award at the National Finals of the Boosey and Hawkes Concert Band Festival held at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Their programme includes tunes from the traditional big band repertoire to more contemporary Latin and Funk styles.