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Good vibrations: ACS Cobham students jam for charity.

Published Thursday 23rd of May 2013 04:13:54 PM

Students jammed for six hours solid over the school day at the annual Jazz Jamathon. The event raised �235 for the ACS Cancer Relief Organisation, which was founded by two ACS Cobham students who both had personal experiences with cancer.

The ACS Cancer Relief Organisation raises funds for cancer research in the UK and the United States. This year proceeds from the Jazz Jamathon were donated to the Extralife Appeal, which raises money for the paediatric cancer programmes at Duke Hospital and St.Judes Hospital.

Students started improvising music at nine a.m., letting rip chords, scales and progressions across the school campus. Over thirty students, aged 15 � 18, play with the High School Jazz Band and are regularly taught how to improvise without stopping during classes.

Striking up in the Marble Hall, the band could be heard throughout the school, raising awareness of the Cancer Relief Organisation as well as recruiting new Jazz Band members.

When improvising, the band�s rhythm section sets the groove and chooses the chord progression; the other players then work around the chords using an appropriate scale and feel. The band were able to showcase various Jazz styles utilising the music theory, research and analysis skills they have developed throughout the year as part of their weekly sessions.

Esme Trahair, one of the students who took part in the Jazz Jamathon commented:

�If I had to sum up the Jamathon in one word, I would choose 'fun'. Everyone in the Jazz Band had such a great time, and it put a smile on my face to see students of all ages come to listen to us. We raised money for a great cause, and I'm looking forward to doing it again next year!�

Zoe Lees, Head of Music at ACS Cobham, who has been running the Jamathon for over a decade commented:

"This year's Jamathon was wonderful. Not only did we raise �235 for the ACS Cancer relief Organisation, but we discovered some "cool movers" from Early Childhood who enjoyed dancing along to the music. I'd also like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part and supported this year's Jamathon".

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