12:58PM, Thursday 16 February 2012
The fun of freestyle music was explored by pupils on Friday. The toot of trumpets and clash of cymbals filled Norden Farm Centre for the Arts.
It was hosting a Schools Jazz Day giving young musicians the chance to expand their skills.
The fifth annual event was led by Patrick Kelly, who founded Berkshire Youth Jazz Orchestra 30 years ago.
He said: "The thing with jazz is that even if you can only play one note on the recorder you can join in and the kids love it because they're not restricted by written music."
More than 60 pupils aged 11-18 years from Cox Green School, Desborough School and The Piggott School took part.
Six professionals were on hand to pass on their knowledge and encouraged them to embrace the jazz ethos by having a go at improvisation.
Patrick was joined by jazz professionals saxophonist Stan Sulzman, drummer Clark Tracey, pianist Malcolm Edmonstone, bass player Andy Crowdy and trumpeter Paul Giordano.
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