Year 12 Musician wins place at Brubeck Colony

Posted on: 19th May 2017

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Since being introduced to Jazz by Hockerill’s Director of Music, Mr Bond, Robert has been focussing his talent and energy towards becoming a professional bass player. As well as dealing with the demands of studying the International Baccalaureate he regularly attends Jazz courses and workshops and plays in jam sessions and gigs in the UK and elsewhere. He plays for both the Essex Guitar Group and the National Youth Guitar Ensemble. When his Hockerill studies are finished he hopes to continue his studies at a Music Conservatoire.

In March Robert applied for a place at the world renowned Brubeck Institute Jazz Colony in California this August and is very excited to have been selected for this fantastic opportunity to spend a week performing and learning with some of the most talented young musicians in the US. To win the place he had to send 5 recordings, a personal statement and 2 references to the National Youth Jazz Orchestra who shortlisted the candidates before Brubeck selected only 3 UK musicians to join them.

“The Summer Jazz Colony is a brilliant opportunity for me to be able to further my skills as a musician and meet other incredible, like-minded musicians in America. To make that possible I am trying to raise £2000 to cover flight and accommodation costs. Any donation would be greatly appreciated, no matter the size, so that I can participate in this Jazz Colony and progress towards my ultimate goal.”

Robert should be very proud to have been selected for this and we wish all the best. If anyone would like to make a contribution the link is: