2022 Youth Competition Registrations

Youth Comps Registration 2022
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We invite you to register for the 44th National Youth Jazz Competition!

The Tauranga Jazz Society are very excited to be staging the 44th National Youth Jazz Competition in 2022. We look forward to having you join us.


Due to the Omicron outbreak, we have rescheduled the Competition from April to June.

When: When: Monday 20 – Tuesday 21 June 2022


Monday 20 June

8.30am – 5.00pm (approx.) Big Bands in Addison Theatre and Combos in XSpace

5 – 7.30 pm Youth Jam at X Space
8 – 9.30pm Here Come the Judge! Concert (free ticket included in registration fee)


Tuesday 21 June

8:30am – 4.00pm (approx.) Big Bands in Addison Theatre and Combos in X Space

5 – 6pm Prizegiving


Where: Baycourt Community and Arts Centre, 38 Durham Street, Tauranga



Combo Section


The song Unit Seven written by bassist Sam Jones and recorded by Cannonball Adderley Quintet.

Rodger Fox suggests using the original version as the first reference point but the band / musicians should pursue different approaches to the tune such as the following YouTube clip version

The YouTube clip features Steve Weingart - Piano, Dave Weckl - Drums, Eric Marienthal – Saxophone, and Carlitos Del Puerto – Bass.

Big Band Section


702 SHUFFLE is by Brent Zvacek. The arrangement can be purchased as a download from:

Focus on New Zealand compositions

This year we would like to encourage students to write original compositions and for music leaders to consider New Zealand compositions in their performance programme. To this end Rodger Fox has made available Big Band charts of NZ composers including Sir Dave Dobbyn, Six Sixty, LAB and others. Here is the link to the page of charts available

Competition rules: The National Youth Jazz Competition Rules may be downloaded here from website

Friday 6 May 2022 at 4pm, or once limited spaces have been filled.

All information to be provided by this time, including one copy of music scores emailed to [email protected]

We will keep you up to date by newsletter and via the National Youth Jazz Competition Facebook page.

If you have any queries feel free to contact us.

Kind regards

Liam Ryan

Director National Youth Jazz Competition

Liam Mobile: 021 042 1322 or Mandy 0274 533 425

Address: PO Box 2057, Tauranga 3140

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