Artistic Director's Message

Dr Mace Francis,
WAYJO Artistic Director & WNO Musical Director

This 2017 program marks a special personal milestone for me, being my 10th year as Artistic Director. Since moving to Perth in 2000 and first auditioning for WAYJO in 2001, this city and this organisation has been very kind to me. I have met many life long friends through WAYJO and still perform regularly with many band mates. We are very lucky to have a dedicated big band organisation here in Perth and it has been an honour to be a part of it over all these years.

2017 sees WAYJO again giving WA audiences a real variety of experiences, programming and venues. We will be performing at a range of spaces including a stronger presence at His Majesty’s Theatre with our guest artist series based Downstairs @ the Maj, the Quarry Amphitheatre and The Fly By Night in Fremantle.

I invite you to study our program and get excited by the range and number of concerts we have to offer you in 2017. It is another bumper year with three really great 18-piece big bands!

Every year it is exciting to see the mix of new musicians in the bands with repeat offenders, making life long friendships and developing a love and appreciation for this art form. There is so much talent and opportunity in this great city and I look forward to the day when I read the Artistic Director’s welcome from one of these current WAYJO musicians – that will make me very happy!