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Dorset Youth Jazz Orchestra (DYJO)

The DYJO plays an exciting range of jazz numbers that cover different styles of the jazz world and has an active gigging calendar.

DYJO have performed at:

  • Mowlem Theatre in Swanage playing alongside Gordon Campbell (one of this country's leading trombone players, currently Lead Trombone of the BBC Big Band)
  • the Swing Unlimited Jazz Club
  • Bournemouth Jazz Festival Awards Ceremony
  • Mash Up Festival
  • Stompin' on the Quomps
  • the Swanage Jazz Festival

Instrument playing standard

Musicians who play at grade 4 standard or above on the following instruments:

  • trumpet
  • trombone
  • saxophone
  • electric guitar
  • bass guitar
  • keyboard
  • drum kit
  • double bass
  • voice

Membership is by audition.

How to apply for membership of DYJO

Please complete the form to apply for an audition:

Join Dorset Youth Jazz Orchestra

Rehearsal and concert dates and times for DYJO

Membership costs £40 per term

Inclusive membership for young people

Membership applications are open to all young people in full time education under the age of 21. A 50% reduction in membership fees along with limited fully funded membership is available for students attending a Dorset local authority maintained school or academy if the parent/guardian is in receipt of certain benefits. Enquiries can be made to the  Dorset Music Service.

Help with Dorset Music Service fees

We can offer financial help of up to 50% for:

  • our instrument tuition
  • our instrument hire
  • county ensemble membership fees

You could get help if your child:

  • is eligible for free school meals
  • attends a Dorset school or academy
  • is having instrument tuition in a group or a pair
  • is learning one instrument

Find out about help with music fees from Dorset Music Service and how to apply.

Dates for 2019 to 2020

Sunday 29 September 2019 10am to 1pm rehearsal The Blandford School
Sunday 20 October 2019 10am to 1pm rehearsal The Blandford School
Sunday 24 November 2019 10am to 1pm rehearsal The Blandford School
Sunday 15 December 2019 rehearsal: 10am concert: 1.30pm rehearsal and winter concert The Blandford School
Sunday 19 January 2020 10am to 1pm rehearsal The Blandford School
Sunday 9 February 2020 10am to 1pm rehearsal The Blandford School
Sunday 1 March 2020 10am to 1pm  rehearsal The Blandford School
Sunday 29 March 2020 rehearsal: 10am
recital: 2pm
rehearsal and spring recital Herrison Hall,
Charlton Down
Sunday 26 April 2020 10am to 1pm rehearsal The Blandford School
Sunday 17 May 2020 10am to 1pm  rehearsal  The Blandford School
Sunday 14 June 2020 10am to 1pm rehearsal The Blandford School
Sunday 12 July 2020 rehearsal: 1pm
concert: 5.30pm
rehearsal and summer showcase Lytchett Minster School

Working in partnership

Dorset Music Service is committed to working in partnership with Soundstorm to provide high-end musical experiences for the country's young musicians.

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