The King’s School’s Main Hall was
transformed into a blues club for their Swing Band’s famed annual concert.
The packed audience were delighted by
rousing renditions from the young performers who served up 30 different
familiar numbers including: The Groove Master by Bob Mintzer; Blowing
Hills, written for the National Youth Jazz Orchestra by Rick Taylor and the iconic
Birdland by Joe Zawinul.
King’s jazz musicians meet every week to
rehearse over 30 numbers from Basie to Bob Mintzer covering 50 years of the
genre, all proving that it don’t mean a thing if you ain’t got that swing.
Kevin Dearden, who leads the 22-piece swing band with three other staff,
said: “We try to choose arrangements that are energetic and well scored but tax
the individuals and allow success.”
Kevin added: “The band is over 25
years-old but the line-up obviously changes slightly each year, as new pupils
join and the older ones head off to university. It’s pretty amazing that a
single school can field a single band able to perform a complete evening’s
entertainment of over 30 numbers to a listening audience.”