Today was the Berklee High School Jazz Festival which involved different jazz bands and vocal jazz groups competing with each other. The atmostphere reminded me of the Singapore Youth Festival (SYF) where various arts groups get together to compete. The main thing that struck me was the musicality of the high school students! I also recall meeting many professional musicians in Boston and Singapore who said that they started off from concert bands or jazz bands in public schools. It is so cool how students from all socio-economic backgrounds are given the opportunity to learn music through these channels. I hope one day Singapore would have jazz bands and vocal jazz groups in her government schools too. I believe the music culture will expand even more as jazz is the foundation of today’s popular music!
Here are some clips from the event: