Jazz 2 (J2)

Jazz 2 is the second big band of the Music and Performing Arts Trust and rehearses on Monday evenings in Room 5 at the Kettering Road Music and Arts Centre from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Jazz 2 in performance, Second Generation Concert, Derngate, July 2015About Jazz 2

Director: Will OsbornThe director for the 2018 to 2019 season is Jon Lloyd (pictured).

The rhythm section meets for a sectional an hour before the main rehearsal, 5:30pm to 6:15pm, under the direction of Lee Smith. This invaluable opportunity allows the section to learn to play together as an effective unit. 

The band was formed to be a training opportunity for students hoping to be in the County Youth Big Band, but has become a strong performing group in its own right with several appearances at the finals of the National Festival of Music for Youth.

During the course of the year, the band appears in several county music concerts, including the annual Big Band Night and the Second Generation Concert at the Derngate. The annual programme also includes a residential course at the Frontier Centre, Irthlingborough, and competing in the regional round of the National Festival of Music for Youth.

Recent letters to members

How to join us

Auditions are held annually in July. See the auditions page for further information.