Stir­ling jazz re­leases CD

Two lucky read­ers can win copies

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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.

The world­wide non-de­nom­i­na­tional sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tion of­fers friend­ship and un­der­stand­ing to be­reaved par­ents by con­nect­ing them with ding mu­si­cians like Kerry Hiles, Siya Makuzeni and Lwanda Gog­wana.

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 go­con­tests@times­me­dia.co.za by 12pm Mon­day Septem­ber 28.

The win­ner will be drawn from there.

Pic­ture: MATTHEW BOON

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

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