Department of Education

Western Australian Schools' Jazz Festival

15 August 2021
Western Australian Schools' Jazz Festival

The 26th Western Australian Schools’ Jazz Festival will be held on 15th August, 2021.

The festival is run in conjunction with the Australian Jazz Education Association (AJEA) and Essentially Ellington Big Band Festival.

Follow the link for information regarding the Essentially Ellington Big Band Festival.

Any queries relating to the festival should be directed to Tanya Chapman or Grant Rickman.

The aims of the festival are:

  1. To give ensembles an opportunity to play in an outstanding venue.
  2. To give ensemble members an opportunity to hear others perform.
  3. To provide each ensemble with constructive comments from informed adjudicators.
  4. To present to each ensemble a certificate which recognises its participation.

There are two ensemble categories in the festival. The Combo category is designed for smaller jazz groups with eight players or less. In the Full Ensemble category there are three divisions:

  • Division 1 - ensembles who perform repertoire at or above level 3.5.
  • Division 2 - ensembles who perform repertoire at level 3.
  • Division 3 - ensembles who perform repertoire at or below level 2.5.

Each participating group, whether full ensemble or combo, is expected to present an appropriate program of up to three pieces, with a total performance time not exceeding 15 minutes. Although there are no set pieces, ensembles are encouraged to choose a balanced program of recognised jazz repertoire that includes a swing arrangement and a ballad, complementing this with either a Latin or a fusion/rock/funk jazz tune. Bands are encouraged to present at least one work composed by Basie, Ellington, Mingus, Miles, Monk or Nestico.

Download a list of suggested repertoire.

All ensembles participating in the festival will receive adjudication comments and a certificate of recognition for their performance in the festival.

Participating schools must hold a current APRA license - this does not apply to public schools, which are automatically covered by the Department of Education. While teachers or other adults are permitted to play in participating ensembles, ensembles in Divisions 1 or 2 will not be eligible for awards if adults perform with the ensemble.

For further information contact Grant Rickman or Tanya Chapman at Instrumental Music School Services.

Festival photographs

Photographs of participating ensembles from the 2019 festival are available for viewing and purchase at prophotobooth. Use the password 'jazz19'.

Western Australian Schools' Jazz Festival

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