Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra is the place to learn jazz in Devon!

DYJO teaches young people from across the whole of Devon including Exeter, North Devon, South Devon, Torbay and Dartmoor to play and perform a wide variety of Jazz.

DYJO has won many national awards over its history for its performances and educational programme, and continues to play to enthusiastic audiences in Devon and beyond. Our main educational programme includes intensive monthly rehearsals from September to March, as well as a three-day residential in October half-term.

Recent performance highlights have included:

* Music festivals throughout Devon, including Teignmouth Jazz Festival, Dart Music Festival, Budleigh Jazz Festival, Salcombe Festival.

* Concerts with jazz stars including Dave O’Higgins, Gordon Campbell, Bruce Adams, John Etheridge, and many more.

* A performance at the Music for Youth Primary Prom at Exeter University.

* Tours to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 2010 and 2012.

* A performance for MPs at the House of Commons with local musician Mike Westbrook

The Devon Youth Jazz Orchestra comprises the best of Devon’s young jazz musicians and is split into two separate bands. DYJO2, under the direction of Brian Moore, is the younger of the two bands, and is focused on the essentials of big band playing: ensemble skills in swing and many other grooves, and the fundamentals of jazz soloing. 
DYJO1, with Graham Hutton, is the senior band, and aims to stretch the players’ skills in all directions in a wide range of repertoire, and to raise them to a standard of playing comparable with the best youth big bands in the country. In addition, DYJO has a specialist sax coach, Roz Harding, one of the region’s top jazz musicians, who also leads rehearsals for the Devon Jazz Ambassadors, the small band drawn from DYJO

We are always looking for new players, aged 11-18. If you are keen to find out more about us, please check our website: or  email: for more details.
Dart Music Festival 10th/11th/12th 2013