Youth Big Band: 2017-2018 Auditions

Established in 2008, the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band is a free educational program that provides the opportunity for selected middle and high school students to rehearse with a 20-piece big band and perform with international jazz luminaries.

The JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band program is designed to provide outstanding educational instruction that allows participants to develop musical and social skills while interacting in a diverse, professional setting.

The group rehearses each Saturday afternoon (4:30-7:30pm) with a Musical Director during the school year at JAZZ.FM91 in Liberty Village. Participants receive workshops in improvisation, ensemble playing, and jazz techniques from some of Canada’s foremost music educators and perform more than a dozen concerts at venues such as Koerner Hall, TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Niagara Jazz Festival, Markham Jazz Festival, and more!

Trumpet, guitar and piano players needed for the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band!

Yes, it’s that time of year again. In less than a month, JAZZ.FM91 will be holding open auditions for young jazz musicians, ages 12 – 17. We’ve already had a tremendous response to our call for auditions, but are in need of young trumpet, guitar and piano players specifically. If you or someone you know fits into these categories and is a jazz enthusiast, please contact us at the email below.

Since 2008, the Youth Big Band has given young players and singers the amazing opportunity of rehearsing and performing throughout the year with a professional music director, internationally renowned guest instructors and world-famous jazz luminaries. The band regularly performs at venues such as the TD Toronto Jazz Festival and Koerner Hall. For young players interested in jazz, it doesn’t get better than this!

Auditions take place at JAZZ.FM91 in Toronto’s Liberty Village, which is located at 4 Pardee Avenue, Unit 100. (King and Dufferin Streets)

 on Saturday, Sept 9 and Sunday Sept 10.

To book an audition or learn more about the program, please contact Youth Big Band Musical Director, Jules Estrin at

Students auditioning on saxophone/trumpet/trombone/bass/piano/guitar need to prepare:

1. Three major and minor scales played throughout the range of the instrument
2. Classical etude or study
3. Jazz melody or bebop head
4. Improvised solo (optional)
5. Sight reading (will be provided)

Students auditioning on drumset need to prepare:

1. Swing feel (varied tempos)
2. Latin feels (varied tempos)
3. Rock beat (varied tempos)
3. Improvised solo (optional)
4. Sight reading (will be provided)

To book an audition or learn more about the program, please contact Youth Big Band Musical Director, Jules Estrin at