It was the evening of July 18th and the college was alive with the sound of the jazz band! After returning from our fantastic tour of Austria we performed and shared some of our amazing experiences with a large crowd of family and friends.

Famous for our fancy dress code, this year’s summer jazz café was no exception, with the theme of The Sound Of Music (what else could it be?). There was a variety of innovative costumes, from both audience and performers. Mr Vincent, along with boys of all ages, was resplendent in traditional lederhosen. There were nuns as have never been seen before - wearing fishnet stockings and somewhat garish make-up, an abundance of girls (and Ruben) in white dresses with blue satin sashes whilst Charlotte amazed us by managing to play the flute within the confines of a large brown paper package tied up with string. Not to be outdone, the audience also sported several nuns, hats made from curtain fabric and deer antlers.

As always, the Jazz Academy opened the night, followed by one of our best ever sets featuring all the songs we played in Austria. These were interspersed by slideshows and video-clips of magnificent Austrian scenery and some of our adventures there. Mr Vincent made for an excellent raconteur and kept the audience entertained with anecdotes from places such as the Ice Caves, the Sound of Music Tour and of course the three very memorable concerts.

However there is always a sad element to the End of Year Jazz Café as we say goodbye to those leaving us. This year we had to say farewell to Ruben and Charlotte who have both made brilliant contributions, but as Mr Vincent pointed out – nobody ever really leaves the Jazz Orchestra, so we hope to see and perform with them again in the future.

Overall it’s been a brilliant year for the Jazz Orchestra! A huge thank you goes out to Mr Vincent and to everyone else who helps behind the scenes for making it all possible. Roll on September and a new term of music!

Author: Izzi Brinsley
Tagged: Bodmin College Jazz Orchestra, End of year Jazz Cafe, Austria, 2014


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