Jazz Band

After school on Thursdays once all the strings and woodwind have disappeared after orchestra, Grosvenor’s Jazz Band moves into the Lecture Dance Hall to practise. We had lower numbers than usual this year and were missing key instruments, such as a trombone player. Despite this, the group of nine or so players worked valiantly on preparing a program for the annual Spring Concert under the guidance of our committed conductor Mr Snell. The group also entertains on Open Nights, and various musical assemblies throughout the year. This year we performed various styles of jazz, such as the upbeat ‘Eli’s Comin’’ or the more mellow ‘Stomin’ At the Savoy’, both arranged by Michael Sweeney. The band’s favourite piece to perform was the exciting ‘Birdland’, which featured the trumpet section and some cringey choreography created by Mr Snell. There is good banter and a relaxed atmosphere during rehearsals and playing jazz really helps develop your musical ability and knowledge. The group is open to anyone who plays trumpet, trombone, saxophone, guitar, bass, drums, or keyboard and we rehearse from 4:15 to 5:00pm on Thursdays.  We are always happy to have new members, so if you play one of these instruments and want to have a go, you’re always welcome to come along!


Gordon Kelly 14 TG6