First TOGJAM

Tonbridge Grammar School held it’s first Easter Music Course this week called ‘TOGJAM’ a brand new Pop-Jazz-Rock Course for all musicians aged 11-18: open to instrumentalists, vocalists and bands. Twenty-two musicians from the area took part in a lively music course run by a team of expert professional musicians at Tonbridge Grammar School from 7th to 9th April. Parent Anna Firth commented that it was “Great for my daughters Hannah and Alex to take part in something different and fun”.

The 22-piece ensemble of young musicians was an eclectic mix of vocalists, drummers, guitarists, wind, brass and string players who all performed together rock, pop and jazz classics in a final concert on Wednesday. Over the three days the young musicians were coached in small groups and in performing solos that they chose to perform.

The results were a lively and exciting blend of contemporary songs, compositions and jazz standards ranging from Ed Sheeran and Christina Perry to songs from ‘Frozen’ and timeless tunes such as Wonderwall, The Tide is High and Live and Let Die. The course was well received by students, tutors and parents alike, ending with a showcase of live items for all to enjoy.

Head of Music Simon Hayward commented “It is encouraging that 22 students from the area took part in the lively and fun sessions. This is our very first course and we are already planning the next one. Having the chance to develop musical skills with top professionals was an important part of the course.” 

Tonbridge Grammar School hopes to run further TOGJAM courses in the future.