The King's School in Macclesfield


    King's Musicians Host Jazz Concert

    King's Musicians Host Jazz Concert

    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.”

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