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Last Saturday the Tintern Grammar Senior Jazz band performed at the annual Essentially Ellington Down Under program, a program where young jazz bands across Melbourne have the opportunity to perform in front of an audience and participate in a private workshop led by experienced musicians. The program was held at the Australian Institute of Music in the city, a perfect facility for accommodating so many jazz bands. The Senior Jazz Band played well on stage, and benefited from the advice given by Jerome Jennings, a professional jazz musician from America. Jerome earned a Masters Degree from the prestigious Juilliard School in Manhattan NY and in the Fall of 2017, he accepted the position as Resident Director of The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra. All the members of the Jazz band enjoyed the experience and gained valuable insight into the world of jazz and enjoyed listening to other young jazz bands who also performed on the day.

by Bianca Settle, Jazz Band, Saxophone