With just over 14 weeks until the band sets off for Durban, LYJRO held a mammoth 12 hour playathon on the 7th April in Leeds Civic Hall to help raise funds for our Durban Project.
A huge thank you to everyone who sponsored us and came to give their support throughout the day!
LYJRO are having a busy season at the moment playing gigs and organising events to raise the necessary funds to maintain the Durban project.
Recent gigs include a double bill of LYJRO and the Leeds jazz orchestra playing at the Brudenell Club. Future events will involve the band playing at the 'Owl's Awards and a twelve hour 'playathon' during the Easter holidays.
Events such as these are good team building exercises in preparation for our visit to our partner schools in July.
Plans to hold a major collaborative musical event in Durban are well underway.
This event will take place on friday 25th July at the Ekhaya Arts centre and will bring together a number of schools and musical groups with links to Leeds.
The LYJRO Big Band 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.
Over the years LYJRO has organised workshops featuring eminent jazz musicians including Scott Stroman and Dave O'Higgins. LYJRO have also organised projects involving several ensembles - the most recent being the 'Global Warning' project in 2005.
LYJRO propose to return to South Africa in Summer 2014. To make this possible, LYJRO have developed a programme of extensive fundraising. We would welcome any new ideas or approaches to fundraising from members or parents as we need to do all we can to raise the funds.
The Knowledge Partnership sponsored the SA Tour 2010
Big thanks go to the Knowledge Partnership, Yamaha Music - Durban, all the fundraisers and also the parents who supported this project by dedicating a lot of free time to LYJRO.
If you feel you can help with 2014........get in touch!