It was the 20th Anniversary of the Cape Town Big Band Jazz Festival this year, and Beau Soleil Stage Band was invited to perform on the last evening of the Jazz Festival. We were 1 of only 4 schools that were to chosen perform on this prestigious evening. The other three schools that performed were Heathfield High School, Bergvleit High School and Wynberg Girls High School.
We played a variety of Soul and Jazz music namely: "All of Me" by John Legend, "A Change Gonna Come" by Sam Smith, "Together Again" by Dave Koz, "If I Ever Lose this Heaven" by Jonathan Butler, featuring Maysa, and "Saturday Night, Sunday Morning" by Thelma Houston. All the arrangements were done by Mr Merlin McDonald. Also present was the Alumni Band from UCT, directed by Mike Campbell and international jazz trumpeter, ensemble director and educator from Georgia State, Gordon Vernick and many other international jazz musicians from Sweden and the UK.
The entire concert was broadcasted live on radio, 101.3. We were very well received with positive feedback from the audience and we received a framed certificate of appreciation from the orginaisers.
Photograph credit: Geila Wills