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WAYJO presents Swingin' at St Stephen's, proudly supported by St Stephen's School

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WA Youth Jazz Orchestra presents Swingin' at St Stephen's, proudly supported by St Stephen's School

From high school jazz musician to WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) member and beyond, join us for a night of swingin’ classics as we celebrate WAYJO's Pathways Program and its ongoing relationship with St Stephen's School in the development of young jazz musicians in WA.

Featuring WAYJO's MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra with special guest artist David Theak (NSW) and support from WAYJO's Northern Corridor Band and St Stephen's Swing Band, these three big bands will be performing the music of the greats including Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra and more at St Stephen’s School’s state-of-the-art performance venue in Duncraig.

In national recognition of WAYJO’s Act Belong Commit Pathways Program made up of ‘Progressions’ for female-identifying and non-binary instrumentalists as well as the ‘Northern Corridor Band’, a high-school based big band that attracts students from Perth’s northern corridor and as far as Mandurah, Rockingham and Byford to rehearse at St Stephen’s School in Duncraig; the Pathways program was recently nominated as a finalist in the prestigious Art Music Awards for Excellence in Music Education for 2022.

Providing inspiration and opportunity for students to perform and develop, on the night they’ll be joined by a special guest – accomplished saxophonist David Theak, who is head of Jazz at the Sydney Conservatorium, co-artistic director of the Australian National Youth Jazz Orchestra, and artistic director of the Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Festival.

Don’t miss the special evening of vintage rhythms and timeless classics as WAYJO presents Swingin' at St Stephen's, proudly supported by St Stephen's School.

WAYJO thanks Government Partner the Department of Local Government, Sport, and Cultural Industries, Principal Partner North West Shelf Gas, Major Programs Partner Minderoo Foundation, MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra Naming Rights Partner, City of Joondalup and Healthway Act-Belong-Commit for their continued support.

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