After a successful initial term of the WAYJO NC Training Band, WA Youth Jazz Orchestra returns to Perth’s Northern Corridor with a brand-new program structure in Term 4, 2021!

WAYJO aims to develop young musicians who have an interest in playing jazz and contemporary music styles on their instrument.

We have heard your feedback, and the ‘WAYJO NC’ will now be known as Jazz Reading Ensemble (JRO) and Northern Corridor Training Band (NCO). These two new streamed training opportunities allow high school students to extend themselves by learning how to read music, plus play various styles of music including jazz, funk, latin and rock.

Term 4 commences 6:30pm Tuesday 12th October, and in this initial 1.5hr session, students will be streamed into one of two programs according to need;

  • Jazz Reading Ensemble (JRO): an ensemble for beginner jazz readers, and students in their first few years of learning.
  • Northern Corridor Training Band (NCO): a rehearsal training band for students with rehearsal experience, who have been learning for 4 or more years.

All rehearsals will be in big band format, and involve learning phrasing, articulation, and other basic improvisational techniques.

Included with regular rehearsals will be masterclasses, demonstrations, and mentoring from current WAYJO Members, WAAPA Students, plus experienced WAYJO Alumni.

Eligibility: School students Years 7 to 12 – no audition required! You will be assessed and streamed according to need in the first week of term into either the Jazz Reading Ensemble (JRO) or Northern Corridor Training Band (NCO) program based on your experience and skills.

Instruments: Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Clarinet, Guitar, Double Bass, Bass Guitar, Piano and Drums (limited places on all rhythm section instruments).

When: Tuesday Evening’s during Term 4 – 12 Oct to 7 Dec 2021.
Week One: Tuesday 12th October runs 6:30-8:00pm for introduction and assessment.
Week Two On: Tuesday 19th October (week 2) through to Tuesday 7th December (week 9), the sessions will be held as follows;

  • Jazz Reading Ensemble (JRO) – Tuesday evenings, 5:15-6:15pm session (welcome to stay on and watch the second session).
  • Northern Corridor Training Band (NCO) – Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:00pm session (welcome to arrive early and watch the first session).

Location: St Stephen’s Music Department – Duncraig Campus (West of Hepburn Ave Freeway Exit) 100 Doveridge Drive, Duncraig.

Cost: $120 per Term (plus $7.69 booking fee).

Questions: For more information, please visit – email – or call (08) 9471 1950 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm).

WAYJO is an equal opportunity organisation – we support diversity and encourage all interested musicians to apply.

TERM 4 REGISTRATIONS open 9.00am Friday 24 September, and close 5.00pm Monday 11 October only if not filled prior. With only 35 places available, you’d better book soon!

T4 Registrations

WAYJO NC is proudly supported by Minderoo Foundation.

WAYJO’s Education Program is supported by Healthway promoting the Act Belong Commit message.