Young musicians bring big sounds

2015-08-18 06:00
Wynberg Girls’ High School Jazz Band will be among the local acts performing in the Brass Band Extravaganza at Artscape on Saturday.

Wynberg Girls’ High School Jazz Band will be among the local acts performing in the Brass Band Extravaganza at Artscape on Saturday.

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Big band enthusiasts are in for a treat when the 10th Brass Band Extravaganza comes to Artscape Theatre on Saturday.

Formally known as Kader Miller’s Brass Band Pops, the annual big band festival has become a collaboration between Artscape theatre and well-known band leader and jazz musician Ian Smith.

The purpose of the concert has always been to provide a platform for emerging young bands. While continuing to do this, the showcase has also got a new look this year under Smith’s baton.

As director, Smith has taken a more selective approach to the production, while also encouraging more collaboration between bands. The Brass Band Extravaganza is an opportunity to bring together bands that wouldn’t necessarily be seen on the same stage.

The Wynberg Girls’ High School Jazz Band and Steenberg High School’s wind and jazz bands perform alongside community project bands like Wellington Big Band and Delft Big Band.

They will be joined by Brass Band Theory and the Santam District Big Band, which have both evolved from minstrel groups.

Although these groups come from different backgrounds, they share the commonality of having all worked with Smith in some capacity, from training and development to mentorship.

The six orchestras have participated in workshops with Smith throughout the year, with a focus on promoting musical literacy.

Their concert on Saturday will feature a mix of instrumental, vocal jazz, popular light classical music with an Andrew Lloyd Webber medley, a few Michael Bublé and Ella Fitzgerald favourites, a Stevie Wonder selection, a medley of Abba hits and Johann Strauss’s Radetzky March.

The production will end off with a bang when the bands’ more than 150 musicians join forces for a grand finale.V

Tickets for the Brass Band Extravaganza on Saturday at 15:00 cost R40 and are available from Computicket or Artscape Dial-a-seat on 021 421 7695.

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