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A music festival which fosters young talent in the community will help future jazz performers gain the confidence to perform in public.
The Southern Jam Youth Jazz festival will showcase performances from 17 schools and give students the chance to learn from artistes already making their mark in the music world.
Organiser Katrina Lange, of Marlborough 4 Fun, says the event has the dual advantage of giving young musicians the chance to perform in public while staging a great show.
"Our kids want to get involved in music and this is a chance to boost their confidence and really experience what it feels like to play in front of a real audience.
"There is no other event like this in the South Island and it's a great chance for Marlborough people to experience the next wave of local talent.
"There are some primary school children out there who haven't had the chance to listen to much music or see any musicians for themselves so this is a great chance for them to see what can be produced by students of a high calibre."
Festival performers are senior school students aged between 13 and 18 who will perform in front of a panel of judges consisting of big music names from home and overseas.
This year's judges are Darren Pickering, Luke Smillie, Scott Taitoko, Gwyn Reynolds, Brad Grainger and Kate Taylor.
The festival will finish with a special gala concert featuring the 2016 All Stars Band compiling top musicians from this year's festival and the winning schools performing their repertoire.
The judges' band will also be performing. The band features national and international artists who have performed around the world - some with the likes of Dave Dobbyn and Jimmy Barnes.
The festival takes place from August 10-13 at the ASB Theatre Marlborough with most performances free to attend. Tickets for the gala concert are available from the theatre or via www.ticketdirect.co.nz.
- The Marlborough Express