The SYJO program consists of three ensembles: SYJO, the premier group; SYJO 2 and the junior ensemble SYJO 3. Each band caters to young musicians at different ages and stages in their development as performers: from a fun introduction to big band playing through to rigorous pre-professional preparation.
SYJO2 is the second of the SYJO program of ensembles. It is aimed at students ages 14 – 20 Years and membership is by audition only. It includes highschool and university aged musicians interested in performing to a very high standard a wide cariety of interesting big band repertoire, and regular, productive rehearsals.
Members of SYJO2 can expect enough regular performances to give the program focus, but not so many as to become onerous.
SYJO2 provides a truly fine ensemble experience, and can also be a training and proving ground for future SYJO members.
Rehearsals for SYJO2 are on Wednesday nights in St Leonards.
The junior SYJO ensemble, for junior high school and upper primary aged students.
Entry is by audition only. SYJO3 serves as a great and fun ensemble experience for members, and can also be a preparation and feeder group for the senior big bands. Musicians in this group will develop essential jazz skills in ensemble playing, performance, intonation, endurance and style. This skill set will not only stand them, in good stead to progress through the SYJO program, but also give them the opportunity to become formidable musicians in any playing situation.
Rehearsals for SYJO3 are on Tuesday evenings in St Leonards.