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Jazz on the Road Christchurch

May 30, 2019 @ 1:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Music Education Canterbury is excited to announce that we are once again supporting Jazz on the Road for Canterbury students and teachers on Thursday 30 May at the Aurora Centre and Burnside High School. This event will feature three outstanding international guests Greg Bissonette on drums , Louis Dowdeswell on trumpet, Glen Walters and the Rodger Fox Big Band.

Jazz on the Road is a half day workshop and performance event with young intermediate and secondary school musicians around big band and jazz concepts. Through individual workshops, panel discussions and demonstration to the school jazz bands attending, followed by an evening concert students will get to develop their skills and appreciation of what it takes to make great music.


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1.30 – 2.15pm
General introduction.
Rodger Fox Big Band to open the workshop by performing a swing style chart.
Discussion will then take place to show what it takes to play in this style of ensemble. Each section of the big band will demonstrate their parts within the arrangement and will then put it all together. Full scores for the musical arrangement will be available to music teachers and the instrument parts will be made available to all students to follow as the Rodger Fox Big Band demonstrate the music.

2.15 – 2.45pm
Introduction to improvisation
Improvisation is a key characteristic of jazz and students will be introduced to the concepts to enable them to develop their own skills in this area.

2.45 – 3.00pm
Transition to individual workshops

3.00 – 4.00pm
Individual Workshops
How to play in a jazz style
Trumpet / Trombone / Saxophones (Woodwinds) / Vocals / Rhythm Section (Keyboards, Guitar, Bass, Drums)
Students will have the opportunity to focus on their own instrument and learn the tips and tricks from the professionals

4.15–4. 45pm
Recap on the afternoon workshop and panel discussion
Students have the chance to ask their burning questions and reflect on what they’ve learned so far.

4.45 – 5.00pm
Short break

5.00 – 6.15 pm
Gregg Bissonette – Drum workshop/masterclasses

6.15pm to 7.30pm
Dinner break – food trucks available or bring your own

Concert featuring all the Artists and the Rodger Fox Big Band


May 30, 2019
1:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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The Aurora Centre
Greers Rd
Christchurch, Canterbury 8053 New Zealand


Music Education Canterbury
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