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New Orleans Comes to Gamesley

New Orleans comes to Gamesley Primary

More than 200 children packed the school hall at Gamesley Primary on Tuesday 6th March and took part in the first ever performance of the Happy Valley Dixie Land Jazz Stompers band.

Comprising some of the top professional Jazz musicians in the country, the band raised the roof and the lucky youngsters, from Gamesley Primary, St Lukes, St Margaret's and All Saints got to join in the fun.

The event, the first of its kind, was organised and hosted by Darren Lloyd, a jazz trumpeter and music teacher for the Derbyshire Wider Opportunity Scheme. “There is a lot of outreach for classical music into primary schools,” he explained, “but as far as I know, primary children have never had the chance to play along with jazz music.”

Not only did the children play along with many of the pieces on clarinets, ukuleles, and brass instruments, some budding musicians got to join the band for an improvisation session that would have made Louis Armstrong proud!

The children were captivated by the pieces played by the talented band and the highlight was a world first – a dixie land reworking of the classic John Williams piece, Imperial March from Star Wars.

The young musicians from all four schools will continue with their music lessons and there are more jazz concerts planned in the future.

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