About High Rendition Jazz

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Vision / Purpose

High Rendition Jazz is an award-winning assembly of high school aged jazz musicians from the Halton Region area of Ontario, Canada. 2017/2018 marks our 11th year as a band.

Our vision is to be a recognized high performance youth jazz band, making our communities a better place to live by playing great jazz. This is fulfilled not only through the exceptional musical capabilities of our musicians, but also through the volunteers and parents whose dedication and hard work behind the scenes enables these kids to keep doing what they love – playing great jazz.

The band practices weekly, holds workshops, an annual retreat, and performs at many events during the year.

Mission

  • Attract the best youth musical talent from the local area of Oakville and Burlington
  • Provide a growth environment by challenging musicians personally and artistically
  • Be a community role model looking for opportunities where we live
  • Provide a fun, safe, nurturing environment supported through the commitment of a strong volunteer base
  • Develop our youth music skills through local, regional and national performances and competitions

Band Makeup

Our band is a musical ensemble consisting of 24 musicians, consisisting of trumpets, trombones, saxophones (alto, tenor, and baritone), drums/percussion, piano/keyboard, bass guitar, electric guitar, and vocals.

Our Musical Director

Carmen Gassi

Our Executive Team

Dave Gretzinger, President
Dan Zabarylo, Vice-President
Tom Zougas & Reema Duggal
— Communications & Marketing
John Summers, Corporate Secretary

Awards

2016-2017

Gold Standing – Big Band Division
Next Generation Jazz Festival, Humber College

Gold Award Band – Jazz Ensemble Division
Collingwood Music Festival

Silver Award – Instrumental Band
MusicFest Nationals, Niagara Falls

2015-2016

Gold Award Band – Jazz Ensemble Division
Collingwood Music Festival

Gold Standing – Big Band Division
Next Generation Jazz Festival, Toronto

2014-2015

Gold Award Band – Jazz Ensemble Division
Georgian Bay Music Festival

Gold Standing – Big Band Division
Next Generation Jazz Festival

Golad Asard – Instrumental Jazz Band
MusicFest Nationals

2013-2014

Gold Award – Jazz Ensemble Division
Georgian Bay Music Festival

2012-2013

Silver Award – Instrumental Jazz Band
MusicFest Nationals

2011-2012

Gold Award – Instrumental Jazz Band
MusicFest Golden Horseshoe Regional Festival