I am very proud to tell you about a new program we have started at the Ottawa Jazz Festival in partnership with Carleton University. It is one of the most forward-looking education programs in the city aimed at giving some of our high schools' best and brightest jazz stars a chance to work with some of the best professional musicians in the city. Roddy Ellias is a brilliant educator and guitarist who heads the band allowing them to explore all facets of jazz and music in general.
The band is:
The 2013 Jazz-Ed class is: Nepean High School’s Keagan Eskritt (drums), Canterbury High School’s Ben Heard (bass), Nepean High School’s Robert Wannell (guitar), Canterbury High School’s Ben Michel (piano), Nepean High School’s Ben King (trumpet), Earl of March Secondary School’s Colin Lloyd (trombone), Canterbury High School’s Mitchell Whalen (bass trombone), Bell High School’s Patrick Smith (tenor sax), and All Saints Catholic High School’s Lucia Lacovitti-Villeneuve (vocals).
The JazzEd Youth Band will be performing at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival this summer as well as a few other performances.
Wait till you hear this band!