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Delft Big Band

This Delft Big Band under the Directorship of Ian Smith started in August 2008 as an initiative by the Department of Social Development and NGO Cape Outdoor Adventure Service and Training.

This development programme is targeted at vulnerable youth from high schools in Leiden, Rosendal and Voorbrug.  Through this programme, which has early intervention as a core element, music is used as a vehicle to equip the youth with valuable life-skills.  Currently more than 100 learners from these areas participate in the programme of which more advanced musicians make up the Delft Big Band.

This new band has already performed to high accolade at a number of high profile events, including the Sekunjalo Edujazz and The Cape Town Big Band Festival at the Baxter where they received standing ovations.  Other concerts include the Community Jazz Festival in Guguletu for the Amy Biehl Foundation. Various performances at the City Hall which includes The Brass Band Pops and concerts with the American Palm Springs Band. The band recently combined with the SA Army Band in concert at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre. The Arts and Culture Conference at the CTICC and many other high profile government and NGO events. This band performed at the Cape Town International Jazz Festival in April 2010.


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“We are strong supporters of your activities to enable young people to learn to play and enjoy music, and are happy to make a tangible contribution in this respect. I am sure the piano will be put to good use!”

Gerrit & Sini Wiechers

Jacques Rossouw

“Being a long standing supporter of Ian and VJR it gave me great pleasure to give my set of drums to him, in support of the fabulous community project  he is currently conducting.

The Delft Jazz Band Initiative and Ian can always rely on my support.”


Article by Don Albert

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Delft Big Band on GoodHope FM Radio

23 May 2011

The Delft Big Band were due to give a short performance on the Cape Town radio station, GoodHope FM. Thanks to the overwhelming support, the performed for nearly two and a half hours during the Nigel Pierce show.


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Delft Big Band Artscape Documentary

15 October 2011


Delft Big Band in the Press

24 January 2012

Please click on any of the articles to read the press coverage of the Delft Big Band.

Dennis Luxion/Michael Raynor Quartet visit

15 October 2011


Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad brings the Dennis Luxion/Michael Raynor Quartet to Cape Town, South Africa

If music is a universal language, jazz is a dynamic conversation between friends.  American jazz musicians, the Dennis Luxion/Michael Raynor Quartet, made lasting friendships during their recent visit to Cape Town on the Rhythm Road program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and coordinated by Jazz at Lincoln Center.

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Delft Big Band Feature by 587 Cape Talk Radio

19 February 2012


Delft Big Band Showreel

21 January 2013

Donations and Support from Musiquelaine for DBB

21 January 2013

Lainey Trequesser from Musiquelaine handing over the trumpet. One of a number of instruments donated which to date includes 2 trumpets, 1 cornet, a tenor sax an alto sax and a flute ,and a large number of reeds and mouthpieces. Seen here with renowned French trumpet player and music educator Pierre Dutot (right) at a workshop sponsored and arranged by Lainey. Musiquelaine has commissioned a special Big Band composition by Matthijs Van Dijk and currently working on an international tour project.

Thank you to Musiquelaine for their continued support and donations to the Delft Big Band.

From the left: Ian Smith, Lainey Trequesser and Pierre Dutot

In the Press: Update from Don Albert on the DBB

21 January 2013

Jazzaholic by Don Albert: The following article on the Delft Big Band is in two parts. Part 1 was written in 2010 and Part 2 is about a concert last week.

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Thank you to Musiquelaine for their continued support and donations to the Delft Big Band.

Delft Big Band sets sights on Beijing

30 January 2013

Thank you to the University of South Africa for a R20,000 donation to help with instrument repairs.

For her generous, loyal and continued support.

Erica Minaar