Renowned Jazz singer Colin Anthony performs with Jazz Orchestra

The Barnsley Youth Jazz Orchestra is really excited about performing in a joint concert with the Dearne Big Band & Singers featuring internationally renowned jazz singer Colin Anthony at the Holiday Inn Barnsley. The Jazz Orchestra will be performing 2 songs with Colin, Georgia and It Don’t Mean a Thing.
From supporting the Beatles on a UK tour and fronting his own band in German Rock’n’Roll Clubs to the sophistication of the BBC Radio Big Band and Orchestras, Colin has covered it all.
Colin has released several single records and has appeared all over the world including the Kremlin and the QE2 on jazz and dance gigs with outfits such as Barry Forgie and the BBC Radio Big Band, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra and his own bands. He is currently regularly featuring with the Glenn Miller Big Band.
Both bands are performing better than ever says Loraine Cawood (musical director) it’s a wonderful opportunity for all our younger members and with the added support of a singer of Colin’s pedigree this should be an absolutely fabulous evening.

Tickets are only £5 and will be available on the door.

Concert at the Holiday Inn

This is a concert for both the Jazz Orchestra and the Swing Band.

It’s being held on Sunday 5th October at the Holiday Inn, Dodworth. It has been organised to start at 6pm so that our younger members in the Swing Band should be ok getting up for school the following morning! The Swing Band will be finished for approx 7.15pm and the Jazz orchestra by around 8pm. The meet times and door opening time are:

  • Jazz Orchestra meet time – 4pm (please bring a packed lunch)
  • Swing Band meet time – 5pm
  • Doors open at 5.30pm

This concert is open to everyone and is being held in the Scarlett Room. Families are encouraged to come and watch, entry is by donation. If you don’t have enough time to go home and come back then there is a bar and a comfortable foyer where you are welcome to wait until the doors open.

The address is:  Holiday Inn, Barnsley Rd, Dodworth, S75 9JT, which is just off  M1, Junction 37.

Cornwall Band Trip – August 2014

Millie Jackson gives her point of view on this years trip to Cornwall.

I could not think of a better way to round off a year of hard work and commitment than our annual trip to Cornwall. The beaches, the swimming pool, the games, the people and not forgetting the pasties all added together to make a wonderful week.


Everyone got the chance to get to know each other better whilst being given the freedom to enjoy the beautiful scenery that Cornwall has to offer. We explored the sights and excellent beaches, adventured through the rocks and swam in the sea. The beaming, glorious sunshine combined with the enjoyable, unique sound of the band entertained many. The gigs we do also support and raise money for the lifeboats that keeps the local town where we stay a happy and safe place to be.


So many friendships and memories were made in that fun filled week that we will all treasure forever.

Roll on 2015!!

Ecclesfield Gala

On a scorching hot day The Barnsley Youth Jazz Orchestra provided a carnival atmosphere at Ecclesfield gala in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.  The gala was well attended with lots of stalls, fairground rides and food which was enjoyed by all the Jazz Orch.

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Our very own Jamie Shaw received his new Jazz Orch top from Andy Cawood as he gave a helping hand to the trombone section.

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A good time was had by all.  Well done everybody!