OK, sure, jazz may not be as popular with today’s typical teenager than, say, Shawn Mendes or The Weeknd or, of course, Drake. But there is a number of high-schoolers whose passion for jazz and talent with their instruments are helping the genre continue to thrive with a new generation.

The JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band wrapped up our Sound of Jazz concert series on March 25 with a show at the Old Mill. They were joined by Shirantha Beddage, a two-time Juno-nominated baritone saxophonist, composer and educator from Toronto.

Several of these young musicians from Toronto and the surrounding area have been playing together for years and are getting set to graduate this spring. Wherever they go from there, the future looks bright.

These veterans of the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band have been honing their skills under the direction of Jules Estrin and have shared stages with Randy Brecker, Ron Westray, Kelly Jefferson and more. Now, they’re setting their sights on the next stage of their music careers — and it’s certainly worth keeping an eye on them to see where they end up.

Here’s what four of the soon-to-be graduates have to say about how the experience of playing with the band has helped them explore their love of jazz — and where you might expect to see them play next.