Stirling jazz releases CD
Two lucky readers can win copies
THE Stirling jazz band recently released a CD after years of performing at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival and other venues around South Africa.
Known as having one of the best school jazz programmes in the country, Stirling can pride itself on being a groundbreaking school in this genre with its jazz band having been in existence for a whopping 23 years.
Over the past few years, Stirling has developed a grand reputation for its involvement in the arts.
It has become an element of school life of which the school can be proud, integrating seamlessly with the academic and sporting offerings of the school.
Started by Alan Webster in1992 with three borrowed horns and enthusiastic pupils eager to learn, Stirling High School has developed one of the most successful high school jazz programmes in the country and has performed in more than 40 towns and cities around southern Africa.
The band has toured all over the country, including the Garden Route and Cape Town numerous times and to KwaZulu-Natal, Bloemfontein, the Northern Cape and Gauteng.
It has performed at the National Arts Festival and Standard Bank Jazz Festival in Grahamstown on many occasions, and was last year the only school band invited to perform at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival in Johannesburg.
They have also performed at the Hilton Arts Festival and at various South African Jazz Educators conferences around the country.
Over the years, the band has toured Zimbabwe, the Netherlands, Germany and Namibia and was the first school band – and the first from Africa – to be invited to perform at the Wigan International Festival in Britain, one of the more high-profile jazz festivals in Europe.
Numerous past students of the band have made a name for themselves with a career in music, inclu- October 2 to 4 at Baysville School.
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The band has regularly won the prize for best performance overall at the East London Eisteddfod and has always received top awards at the eisteddfod.
The GO and Stirling are giving away two CDs to two lucky readers. Simply e-mail the word STIRLING in your subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12pm Monday September 28.
The winner will be drawn from there.
ALL THAT JAZZ: The Stirling Jazz Band has built up quite the reputation as one of the top school bands around, having even toured overseas. The band recently released their first CD and the GO are giving away two copies