Jazz Band

The school Jazz Band meets every Thursday afternoon in the William Moles Hall after the school Orchestra and during the String Ensemble. There you will find a small group of people: some play the alto & tenor saxophone; some play the trumpet; one or two play the trombone; there’s someone on the keyboard, a drummer, a bassist and last but certainly not least, a man with a white stick – our conductor! Lead by Mr Nigel Snell, the Jazz Band play a range of jazz, swing, blues and ballads, well known tunes such as Born To Be Wild and Birdland, and a few not so familiar treasures. We play in school assemblies and also in the Spring Concert. We even get an annual outing to play at The Black Box. It’s great fun when the trumpets get the right chords and drummer Alastair plays in time (only joking)! I would recommend it to anyone wanting to jam with any of the instruments mentioned above, and anyone daring and willing to tame the beast that is, Jazz. See you there! Stephen Kelly, Lower Sixth Grosvenor’s Jazz Band is a fun-loving and yet dedicated team of talented trumpet, trombone and saxophonist players, along with a pianist, bassist and drummer. Growing in size each year, we currently range from keen second year to experienced Upper Sixth players Under the leadership of experienced conductor and music tutor Mr Nigel Snell, we perform throughout the year at various gigs, including both Open Nights and the Youth Jazz Showcase. You can find us every Thursday after Senior Orchestra in the William Moles Hall playing a broad variety of jazz: from funk to Latin American. Anyone above Grade 4 practical and with a good sense of rhythm is welcome to join. Molly Steele, Form Two Jazz Band meets once every week after Senior Orchestra on a Thursday and is conducted by Mr Snell. This year the Jazz Band once again had the opportunity to play at Black Box in a concert with various other schools; and the Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra. We played three pieces which were called ‘In the Mood’, ‘A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square’ and ‘Watch What Happens’ with solos from Christine Collins, Mark Dawson, Stephen Kelly, Mark Vincent and myself. We also played at the Spring Concert and during music week in school assemblies. Sadly this is my last year and I can truly say that Jazz Band has been one of my favourite experiences during my time at Grosvenor. I will really miss it. I would really encourage anyone who is able to play in the Jazz Band to take part. Jenny Casement, Upper Sixth

Jazz Band Plays for Belfast Education and Library Board Christmas Function

In December the Jazz Band, along with Andrew Douglas, Miss Foster and Mr Snell travelled to B.E.L.B. offices to perform at a lunchtime retirement concert for the former head of the City of Belfast School of Music, Dr Joe McKee. 

 

There were several other groups performing a varied programme, including a boy soprano singing Mozart and a rock band playing ‘Freebird’. Andrew Douglas played a wonderful flute solo accompanied by Dr McKee himself, which was received with rapturous applause from the audience. The Jazz Band then ended the concert with several classic numbers including ‘Birdland’ and ‘Born to be Wild’.

 

Overall it was a great afternoon out for everyone involved.