Big Bad Big Band: trombones trumpet its saxy sound

Logan Park High School Big Bad Big Band members (from left) Colin MacAndrew (17), Lealia Devereux (17), Anna Denys (17), Hamish O'Malley (17) and Jayden Jesudhass (14) are headed to the Mt Gambier Jazz Festival in South Australia. Photo: Peter McIntosh
Logan Park High School Big Bad Big Band members (from left) Colin MacAndrew (17), Lealia Devereux (17), Anna Denys (17), Hamish O'Malley (17) and Jayden Jesudhass (14) are headed to the Mt Gambier Jazz Festival in South Australia. Photo: Peter McIntosh
There are few things that can make a teenager happily go to school during the holidays.

But at Logan Park High School, there is such a thing - the school's Big Bad Big Band.

The jazz ensemble was rehearsing yesterday for its upcoming tour to Melbourne and the Mt Gambier Jazz Festival in South Australia.

Musical director and head of music John Dodd said it was the school band's first overseas trip since 2010, and the band members were excited.

For many, it would be their first visit to Australia.

Not only had the band members been rehearsing daily, they had been even busier fundraising the $62,000 needed for the tour.

Organising the tour had been much easier than he expected this year, he said.

''Usually, I need to start pretty much from the beginning in rebuilding the band each school year.

''But the bulk of the members ... are now in their third year of membership - most of them are now year 13 - so they are a pretty tight unit with quite an extensive repertoire. They are an amazing bunch of young people - talented musicians who have won several awards between them.''

While on tour, the band will do two school exchanges, attend a jazz workshop with a jazz specialist at Monash University, as well as perform several concerts.

The band leaves on April 29.

john.lewis@odt.co.nz

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