Artistic Director's Message

We start the year with the return of many of our 2020 band members. This is the first time that we start the year without holding auditions because of 2020’s shortened performance period. We hope that this is a one off as we know there is so much amazing young talent coming out of the schools every year.

The program this year brings together the familiar and the new. WAYJO returns to familiar spaces Downstairs at The Maj and The Quarry Amphitheatre and reintroduce The Rechabite and Lyric Lane. All these great venues cater to different concerts and different audiences, and we are excited to spice things up this year.

We have a program that showcases each of our three big bands and shows the versatility and possibilities of the big band format. We have something for everyone from The Golden Age of Swing to A Latin Explosion, plus an epic collaboration with Kate Pass and the Kohesia Ensemble, presenting big band Persian music – and we thank Major Programs Partner Minderoo Foundation for their ongoing support. We then close the year with a huge performance featuring the WAAPA Jazz and Gospel Choirs.

We also launch a brand new program called WAYJO Club, open to any young musician who aspires to be in a WAYJO band in the near or distant future. WAYJO Club will run as a series of online and in person interactions throughout the year.

I am really excited to be able to bring you this program of amazing talent and exciting music in 2021. Our three exceptional WAYJO bands are filled to the brim again with immensely talented young musicians, so I hope to see you at one of our many performances!