The Delft Big Band Academy. Picture: Gregory Franz

The Deft Big Band Academy, which was founded in November 2015, shares the gift for music with talented young people.

The institution was founded to enable the members of The Delft Big Band to give back to their community their musical skills and knowledge.

On August 5 the academy held an open day concert to showcase how far its students have come.

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For most of the students it was their first time performing in front of a crowd.

The MC for the showcase was Delft Big Band Music Academy co-ordinator Godwin Blignaut.

The two-hour concert featured different sections of the band each performing one or two pieces: the rhythm section, a clarinet ensemble, alto and tenor saxophone ensemble and a trombone and trumpet ensemble. Some of the notable pieces included a minuet, a Mozart melody and a trumpet fanfare.

The first half ended with a performance of the Etta James classic At Last by vocalist Zaida Jansan.

The second half featured two more ensemble performances along with a mass band item at the end.

The pieces performed include Kum Bah Yah, Mbabane, Yakhali ’Nkomo, Tula Sana, Yesterday and From a Distance.

Delft Big Band chairwoman Zenariah Barends also gave a heart-warming speech about the importance of the academy.

She said the gift of music had enabled children from the community to travel overseas and had given them the opportunity to better themselves.

Students of the programme have gone on the join the real band. The Delf Big Band recently performed at the 'With a Little Help From my Friends' benefit concert which to raises money for the youth development in jazz education.