Young musicians step up to jazz challenge
All eyes were on some talented Southland teenage musicians last night as they took part in Jazz Fest.
About 200 people watched eight jazz bands at the Ascot Park Hotel in the 16th annual festival.
Festival organiser Barbara Jones said the event allowed the students to put their skills to the test.
Schools from throughout the region attended, including Gore High School, Wakatipu High School and Cromwell College.
James Hargest College pupil Rebekah Elder, 16, said the festival was a great chance to meet other local musos and compete in some friendly school rivalry.
Her band Off The Record had competed in the festival twice before, and they were hoping for a win this year, after coming third in previous years.
"It's just a chance for musos to come together and have fun, when normally they have pretty serious gatherings."
Gore High School pupil Jordan Edwards, 17, said it was just "great fun".
The festival was the culmination of a whole year of work and practice for many pupils, he said.
Ms Jones said the each school's itinerant music teacher encouraged the pupils to enter, and helped them to achieve the high standards they showcased.
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