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Youth Jazz Orchestra Bonn - Photo © Nadine Targiel

The Bonn jazz musicians Thomas Heck and Thomas Kimmerle founded the YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA BONN in 2013 and call on young talents to participate !

The founders of JJOB are well known in the school scene of Bonn and the region: In addition to their many years as freelance musicians, Thomas Heck and Thomas Kimmerle have gained a lot of experience working with school ensembles in recent years. Thomas Heck currently leads the Rhine Island Big Band of the Gymnasium Nonnenwerth. Thomas Kimmerle won 3rd prize with the Big Band of the Clara-Schumann-Realschule Neunkirchen-Seelscheid at the regional competition JUGEND JAZZT NRW in Dortmundin 2012. Currently the Big Band at the Aloisiuskolleg is under the direction of Thomas Kimmerle.

Both saxophonists play in the BONN JAZZ ORCHESTRA.

The Jugend Jazz Orchester Bonn has set itself the goal of bringing together young musicians of the Bonn region who are interested in Big Band Jazz to form an ensemble. The guiding desire is to create a forum that enables the promotion of young talents and creates a young network.

„Serious Fun“

The framework for this project is formed by regular rehearsals, which take place weekly outside the holidays. This is a deliberate counterpoint to the working methods of other orchestras which, due to a much larger catchment area, have no other option than to start work phases during the holidays. So even if the claim may be more regional, the playing position should still be allowed to compare: Everyone tries to be serious and to achieve the desired fun, in other words: “Serious Fun”.

A further – and very important – background to our work is the idea of not only putting the offer out to tender on a general regional basis, but also across schools. This means that many of the ensemble members already play in school big bands and receive offers and support from JJOB, which often cannot be provided in schools. One keyword is enough here: G8. Thus, special support always takes place with the collegial intention to indirectly support leaders of school bands, who benefit from the knowledge, initiatives and independence of pupils by bringing in impulses from outside. And also in the sense that students bring the network into the schools through their contacts.

The JJOB focuses on arrangements for the Jazz Big Band and contemporary Big Band literature. Classics such as Count Basie and Bill Holman are currently represented in their original arrangements, as are Peter Herbolzheimer, Bob Mintzer and Heiner Wiberny.

“A passion for jazz”

Requirements for participation are good instrumental mastery, enthusiasm for jazz in the above-mentioned form of playing and the willingness to rehearse regularly on Saturday afternoons, as well as to participate in 3 – 4 concerts a year including preparations.

Rehearsal room

The Jugend Jazz Orchester Bonn is a guest at the Musikschule Henneberger.
(Brühler Straße 26, 53119 Bonn)

The regular rehearsals take place there every Saturday from 13:00 to 15:00 in the rented premises. There are no rehearsals during the school holidays.

Youth Jazz Orchestra Bonn
Phone: +49 228 92890208

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Interview with the Youth Jazz Orchestra Bonn

On 16 June there is a musical anniversary to celebrate as the Jugend Jazz Orchester Bonn (Bonn’s Youth Jazz Orchestra) will be playing a concert in the Pantheon Theatre to celebrate its 5th Anniversary. 3Songs. Here the JJOB’s co-founders Thomas Heck and Thomas Kimmerle give their thoughts on the anniversary, the concert, and on the Orchestra itself.

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