Contribute To The Future Of Jazz In WA

Since 1983, we’ve been providing young musicians with opportunities to develop their skills and share their love of jazz with audiences across Australia and around the world.

Over the years, we’re proud to have seen countless talented musicians come through our doors and go on to achieve great things in the world of jazz and beyond. None of this would have been possible without the support of generous donors and supporters.

Our giving circle is again invited to contribute to the next 40 years of WAYJO by participating in an upcoming auction of three generously donated items and experiences. The auction will be held at a private event earlier on the evening of the 40th Anniversary Concert at the State Theatre Centre on Friday, May 26th. We are currently accepting pre-bids on all of these items. Anyone interested can contact WAYJO for information or to make a bid, which will automatically give you invitation to join us at the event and concert (please see auction reserve prices below).


Small Falls by Brendon Darby – Oil on Acrylic on Canvas, 121 x 121cm (126×126 framed)

The first item up for auction is a stunning painting of Karijini Falls in the Pilbara by renowned West Australian artist Brendon Darby. Brendon Darby will be present at the event, making it an excellent opportunity for art enthusiasts to meet the artist. Starting pre-bid for the painting is $6,000.

All proceeds from the auction will go to support WAYJO, as they do for the other two generously donated experiences up for grabs. The second item is a unique opportunity to secure your WAYJO big band of choice for your home party, event, or business function. You will be able to curate the details of the date and the band on a day following the auction. Depending on the space at your venue, you may also opt for a smaller ensemble. Stage and PA equipment and audio engineer are included in the package. Starting bid for this experience is $2,000.

The third item is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to curate your own spring-time wine and food experience with the Best Sommelier in Italy, Maurizio Dante Filippi, who will be in Australia for just a few months. You can choose to do a degustation of wines from your cellar privately or at a springtime dinner party, have Filippi host a tasting at your business event, or have him consult at your winery on your range and current productions. Please note that wines are not included, but Filippi can help you select wines and recommend food pairings. For pre-bids or enquiries, please feel free to contact us to discuss. Starting bid for this experience is $1,200.

Contributing to the future of WAYJO means becoming part of a community that supports the development of jazz in WA, encourages musical education, and offers extraordinary professional and artistic experiences to emerging and early career musicians.

You can also support WAYJO by sharing this post with anyone you think might be interested – friends, colleagues, perhaps your school is looking for artwork to hang, or with someone from your community, church, or sporting group? A pre-bid on any of these experiences will also secure an invitation to the VIP soirée event and 40th Anniversary Concert.

To register your interest or to make a pre-bid, please contact WAYJO.

Alternatively, if you would like to make a contribution to WAYJO of any amount, and reduce your end-of-year tax burden at the same time, visit our secure Private Giving page, and you will immediately receive a tax-deductible receipt.

Don’t hesitate to reach out with any inquiries, and thank you for your time, consideration, and support of WA’s leading youth jazz orchestra!

WAYJO Statement on Concert Cancellations

WA Youth Jazz Orchestra (WAYJO) are sad to announce the cancellation of our first two concerts of the year, Swinging at the Embassy Ballroom and Jazz for Juniors shows.

WAYJO is a small arts company but everything we do is with our members in mind. While audiences for these performances are tracking well under the 500 person limit set for gatherings per the Federal and State Governments’ directives, we also have a number of considerations to take into account when producing our concerts.

For Jazz for Juniors, don’t want to expose our youngest audiences and their carers to any risk.

Swinging at the Embassy Ballroom sales have suffered from a definite change in audience behaviour. Within all current health guidelines the performance could still go ahead, however the sheer cost of mounting this concert is no longer viable.

Those affected are entitled to a full refund of your ticket purchase. Perth Theatre Trust will process a full refund of your ticket costs and applicable handling fees onto the credit card that was used to purchase the tickets. You do not need to do anything. Please allow up to 15 business days for the refund to be processed.

If you paid in cash or with other payment methods, our box office team will contact you personally to organise your refund.

The Board and Staff at WAYJO will be monitoring all updates on the COVID-19 pandemic and reviewing all programming decisions based on stringent risk assessments.

WAYJO recognises the loss of income our sector is facing due to event cancellations or low attendance. With this in mind, WAYJO will endeavour to find the means to support in some way all contracted artists for their scheduled work in 2020, regardless of whether they are able to appear with WAYJO or not. We think this is an important show of support in our sector, and we hope that other arts organisations are able to do the same as much as practically possible. We wish we could also support the Front and Back of House workers who will suffer as a result of event cancellations, but we are not in a position to do so.

Finally, this is a time where WAYJO needs every ounce of support our friends and supporters can provide. If you have tickets to a cancelled show, please consider a donation to the company. If you have the capacity, talk to us about the meaningful impact every donation has for our company. We’d love as many of our supporters as possible to set up a weekly $5 donation to help keep the lights on. More information on donating can be found at

Most of all, we wish for our members, families, and supporters to stay healthy as we navigate through these difficult times. We hope to see you at a performance again in the very near future.



Simon Keen
WAYJO General Manager
+61 8 9471 1950

Justine Thornley
WAYJO Marketing
+61 8 9471 1950


WAYJO MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra 2019

WAYJO Announces 2020 Sponsor a Seat Opportunity

Sponsor a Seat

Give the gift of music by sponsoring one of Perth’s finest young jazz musicians.

For over 35 years, the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra has been an integral part of Perth’s cultural landscape. WAYJO has been at the forefront of forging professional, contemporary big band, ensemble and solo jazz artists since 1983, with an impressive alumna including international jazz luminaries Linda May Han Oh, Dane Alderson, Troy Roberts and Mat Jodrell.

WAYJO is a unique, not-for-profit organisation, showcasing 54 rising stars across not one but three big bands, each with a unique focus on their own eras of jazz repertoire, including bold new Australian works annually commissioned by the orchestra.

15 saxophonists; 12 trumpeters; 12 trombonists; plus 3 guitarists, pianists, bassist, drummers and vocalists, are all auditioned annually for each highly coveted seat. WAYJO musicians have the opportunity to hone skills by working with professional musical directors, to perform in Perth’s top venues, work with high calibre guest artists, take part in international exchanges, all while forming professional relationships that can last a lifetime.

Performing at community and corporate events, touring regionally and offering school concerts and workshops, these musicians are dedicated to their craft, and work towards reaching their greatest potential as early-career musicians, and contributors to society.

WAYJO contributes approximately $12,000 per seat in developing each of its 54 band members annually, with Government funding covering less than 15%.

Sponsoring a Seat brings much needed funds, while offering a personal connection with one of our talented musicians throughout the year. By supporting a performer, you directly share in the growth your contribution makes.

$500 Orchestra Seat Sponsors, paid one off or in quarterly instalments; all benefit with:

  • two complimentary tickets to a WAYJO performance, the first at the beginning of the year and the second at the end of the year, so you can experience the amazing transformation our programs make to artists;
  • the chance to meet your sponsored orchestra member during interval at a WAYJO performance;
  • invitation to a WAYJO open rehearsal, giving you a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to make the music;
  • a short, personalised thank you video from the WAYJO musician you have sponsored;
  • a personalised thank you letter from our Artistic Director, Mace Francis, at the start of the year, outlining the annual program;
  • two letters from the corresponding band’s Music Director, outlining the progress of the band in June, and sharing their band’s successes at the end of the year;
  • optional recognition as an Orchestra Seat Sponsor in the WAYJO season brochure, on the WAYJO website, and on social media.

This is your chance to be a real part of WAYJO, and leave a lasting legacy with one of Western Australia’s longest lived and vibrant arts companies.

For more information on how you can help support this unique organisation and the opportunities it provides, please visit


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WAYJO MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra
WAYJO MinterEllison Monday Night Orchestra at the Quarry Amphitheatre. Photograph by Rick Mason (2019).

WAYJO 2018 Raffle

WAYJO 2018 Raffle

The West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra Association (WAYJO) are holding a raffle to raise funds for a bumper 2019 season!

The WAYJO 2018 Raffle helps keep Australia’s leading youth jazz orchestra alive, engaging emerging, early career musicians and composers aged between 14 and 25 (28 in full-time study) in a highly unique year-round program of concerts, workshops, regional tours, plus international exchange programs and scholarships offering unparalleled cultural experiences.

The West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra (ABN 75 330 922 427) is a not-for profit incorporated association. 52 musicians, 3 orchestras (each with specialist Musical Directors), plus a financially lean ‘micro-team’ of just 3 office staff produce a diverse program of over 100 shows each year.

Help WAYJO end their 35th anniversary year on a high note - raffle tickets are only $5, with prizes totalling just under $2,000!

1st Prize 1x Flight Centre Gift Voucher, valued at $1,000

2nd Prize 1x Overnight Stay for two at the InterContinental Hotel Perth (including breakfast), valued up to $500

3rd Prize 1x WAYJO 2019 Golden Ticket (double pass to all Jazz at The Maj shows in 2019), valued around $400

The WAYJO 2018 Raffle (Permit Number: LS212143218) opens 12.00am, Friday 5th October, 2018 - and closes Midnight Saturday 24th November, 2018. The Raffle will be drawn at 10.00am on Monday 3rd December, 2018. All winners will be notified by telephone and email. The winning ticket numbers will be published on - Wednesday 5th December, 2018.

Tickets are available online, from WAYJO musicians, and at all WAYJO concerts. Head to for more information, including terms and conditions.