After the inaugural event last year, the Fine Music School Jazz Combo Competition is happening again. The competition is an opportunity for young musicians working in small groups to showcase their collective talents, to highlight the excellent programs in schools, to have a professional studio experience, and to allow the wider community to hear their playing and participate via the airwaves.
It is also one of the ways we here at Fine Music are contributing to our community and the wider cultural life of our city and beyond. We do this by supporting and encouraging young performers, the musicians to whom we will hopefully be listening in future years.
The first event attracted five combos from a mix of public and private schools across Sydney. Each performed in our Founders’ Studio over two live-to-air events, with the finals including interviews with student and teacher representatives from each school.
In 2019, our participating schools now number six: Caringbah High, Chatswood High, Knox Grammar, Mosman High, Northern Beaches
Secondary College Manly Campus and Northern Beaches Secondary College Offbeat Combo. The first round of performances was recorded over one day and they were broadcast in two sessions at the beginning of July. Some of these schools were part of last year’s event and it has been wonderful to welcome those younger students back and to hear their progress. We also welcomed several new groups this year and hope to do so in future years as well.
These groups are performing not only for the love of their music, for the opportunity to share it and for the experience of a radio studio, but for the opportunity for the winning combo to receive a studio recording, a special trophy (pictured) created by musician and artist Jiri Kripac and, this year for the first time, an invitation to perform at the Manly Jazz Festival. Of course, after the preparation and performance, all the students participating are considered champions!
Which of these schools will be going forward to the finals? Which group will be the ultimate winner? Join our bands and adjudicators for this live event where the selected bands will be playing, where students and teachers will talk about what it all means to them, and where the adjudicators will share the results. Tune in at 12 noon on Saturday 31 August.