Brentwood drummer, 16, awarded place in National Youth Jazz Orchestra Academy band

PUBLISHED: 13:00 06 October 2018

Drummer Sebastian Bloom.

Drummer Sebastian Bloom.

Brentwood School

A 16-year-old drummer has been selected to join the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) Academy.

Sebastian Bloom a lower sixth student of Brentwood School, Middleton Hall Lane, will now be a key member of the NYJO Academy’s flagship band, rehearsing with them every Saturday and performing at concerts both in this country and abroad.

He started playing the drums when he was seven-years-old and practices for a couple of hours every day with jazz being his favourite genre.

He also has lessons with Brentwood School’s percussion teacher Marc Cecil.

When Sebastian found out he was given a place after his successful audition, he commented that it was a “big step” for him.

The National Youth Jazz Orchestra is a charity, whose mission is to promote jazz as an exciting, engaging and inspirational art form through world-class performances and education work.

It has helped launch the careers of many of the UK’s most renowned musicians.

The school’s director of music Florian Cooper said: “Seb’s appointment is testament to his hard work and a true passion for jazz music.

“I invited Seb to play for my own big band, The Seven Steps Big Band, to cover a rehearsal in the summer.

“The whole band were so impressed with his level of performance that he was subsequently invited to perform one track with us at a sold-out gig at the Soho Pizza Express Jazz club – needless to say, he performed with true technical assurance and musical flare.

“This is another major step on Seb’s journey to become a professional musician and we are truly delighted for him.”

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