As a large jazz orchestra, we offer music for clarinets, saxophones (alto, tenor, baritone), trumpets, trombones, guitars, keyboards, bass, drums and percussion, and sometimes feature flutes and piccolos too. We also offer vocal numbers performed by our in-house singers.
We welcome all newcomers, with or without experience of swing music, and do not hold auditions for any instrumentalists wishing to join. We do, however, recommend a playing ability of Grade 5 or equivalent, and a basic level of reading music to ensure you get the most out of performing with us.
We always try to accommodate additional players, and every member of SLJO is invited to perform at our gigs.
Our rehearsals are held on Wednesday nights throughout the year, running from 7.30pm until 9.30pm, but we start setting and warming up from 7.00pm.
As well as full SLJO rehearsals, we also hold sectional rehearsals, usually with specialist tutors, and occasionally run masterclasses on improvisation and playing techniques, to help us improve and develop our musical skills individually and as a group.
If you’d like to come to one of our rehearsals, please fill in the form here.