Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra

Kay House, Lower Argyll Road, Exeter
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We meet on a Saturday once a month 10-4.30pm during the first half of the academic year. See website for exact dates
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Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra is the place to learn jazz in Devon! DYJO teaches young people from across the whole of Devon including Exeter, North Devon, South Devon, Torbay and Dartmoor to play and perform a wide variety of Jazz. DYJO has won many national awards over its history for its performances and educational programme, and continues to play to enthusiastic audiences in Devon and beyond. Our main educational programme includes intensive monthly rehearsals from September to March, as well as a three-day residential in October half-term. DYJO is now registered as an Arts Award Centre with an adviser for Bronze and Silver Awards, and offer Bronze and Silver Arts Award included as part of our membership package.

Recent performance highlights have included:

* Music festivals throughout Devon, including Teignmouth Jazz Festival, Dart Music Festival, Budleigh Jazz Festival, Salcombe Festival

* Schools Prom in the Royal Albert Hall

*National Festival of Music for Youth in Birmingham

*A performance at the Music for Youth Primary Prom at Exeter University.

*Tours to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2010, 2012 and 2014

*Performing at the House of Commons with local musician Mike Westbrook

*Concerts with jazz stars including Dave O'Higgins, Gordon Campbell, Bruce Adams, John Etheridge, and many more

* Workshops with Clark Tracy, Northern Sax Quartet, Issie Barratt


We are always looking for new players, aged 11-18.

Supported using public funding by Department for Education and Arts Council England