• Press/external:
    “The sweet sound of jazz is making a young band
    one of the hottest properties on the local
    music scene.”

    “They are as crisp and talented a band as you could hope for.”
  • Tutors:
    “We want to make our music as original as we can
    and move with the times. If the orchestra is enjoying
    itself, this will reflect on the audience.”
    Geoff Miller, former KYJO director
  • Band members:
    ‘The people at KYJO are great and I love playing at
    gigs, especially being put on the spot when
    I get the chance to solo.’
    Ben, tuba

    ‘The gigs are awesome, really amazing to play in
    a variety of venues and not just a school hall.
    I’ve learnt so much from the tutors and MDs.
    Come along to a gig... you won’t regret it!!’
    Richard, trumpet and flugelhorn
  • Members’ parents:
    ‘Graham and Mike supply a cocktail of vital magic
    ingredients – inspiration, expertise, support,
    encouragement and energy – helping our son to
    move beyond his classical training at just the right pace. In less than two years he has gained so much confidence and really grown as a musician.
    Learning to improvise is, both liberating and exhilarating - he comes offstage buzzing after
    every solo.
    Yes, even tuba players get the chance, if they want it!'
    Fran Broady, parent
  • Members’ parents:
    ‘It is fantastic to see Richard in KYJO. I remember
    the sense of fun, playing enjoyment and learning I
    had with Geoff Miller when I was in the band. From
    Richard’s enthusiasm for rehearsing and playing at
    gigs it is obvious he is now having the same experiences as me and best of all he is learning and
    growing as a musician.’
    Ian Blake, parent

Kent Youth Jazz Orchestra recently presented a Concert in Memory of Mike Taylor; and were joined by many ex-KYJO players, as well as special guests Derek Nash and Scott Garland on saxophones, and Steve Waterman on trumpet.

KYJO Gig Calendar

Event Date Time Location
Christmas Special 12th December 2017 7pm Tudor Park Marriott Hotel, Maidstone
Pizza Express 2nd January 2018 7pm Maidstone
Maidstone Young Musician of the Year 20th January 2018 Evening Invicta Grammar School, Maidstone
Jazz Workshop with Steve Waterman 6th February 2018 7pm - 9.30pm Benenden School
Old Harveians Association - Harvey Grammar School Folkestone with Steve Waterman 3rd March 2018 Evening Harvey Grammar School Folkestone
Tunbridge Wells Jazz Club 16th March 2018 Evening Tunbridge Wells
London Marathon 22nd April 2018 Morning London
Sevenoaks Summer Festival 23rd June 2018 Afternoon Bligh's Meadow
Sevenoaks Summer Festival Workshop 26th June 2018 Evenning New Beacon School
Vine Bandstand 1st July 2018 Afternoon Sevenoaks
Concert Tour to The Rhineland 20th - 24th October 2018 NA Germany