Northampton School for Boys


NSB Jazz Tour 2015

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Northampton School for Boys Jazz Tour

Los Angeles
12th - 20th February 2015

Forty one young men and women are getting very excited about taking part in our 6th NSB US Jazz Tour. These are the members of our award-winning Big Band and Jazz Vocal Group who will be heading out to Los Angeles on Thursday February 12th 2015, following a pre-tour concert - Wednesday 11th February in The Cripps Hall Theatre at 7.30pm.

But it’s not all sand and surf ……..!

As well as performing on the stage at Disneyland and enjoying some relaxation at Universal Studios, Hollywood, they will also be taking part in two partnership concerts with High Schools in Irvine and Valencia , Santa Clarita (both about 50 miles from downtown LA). Both schools have excellent choral and band programmes, with Irvine High running the biggest School Jazz Festival in Southern California. Afternoons will be spent in rehearsals, followed by a shared tea and an evening concert with groups from both schools participating. On our previous tours the final united Big Band item has had the crowd on its feet wanting more! There are still ongoing friendships amongst students that began at such concerts in Long Beach Poly High, Santa Monica High and Hamilton High in Los Angeles, as well as Bloomingdale High, Seminole High and Spruce Creek High in Florida.

Staying in Hermosa Beach, we are also giving something to the local community by performing in a charity concert, organised by the local Rotary Club, to raise funds to support the teams taking part in the Special Olympics World Games taking place in Los Angeles in July.

We will also be working with the Jazz department from Bob Cole Conservatory of Music, Long Beach, in workshops to improve the performance skills of our own students, learning from some of the best in the business. This aspect of our tours proved very rewarding for one of our previous Big Band drummers, as Sam Round is now studying at the University of Southern Florida, in Tampa, following our workshop there during our last tour. On previous visits to LA we have been privileged to work with such jazz luminaries as Gordon Goodwin, Wayne Bergeron, Andy Martin, Eric Marienthal, Michelle Weir and Kathleen Grace.

B. Johnson
Music Director