Logan Park High School Big Band

Australia Generations in Jazz Tour

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Kia ora! We're the Big Bad Big Band from Logan Park High School, Dunedin, New Zealand. We're selected by audition and share over 50 years of JAZZ training as well as solo and group musical awards. We practice hard to achieve cohesive, professional and upbeat sets from fantastic jazz greats. We have played to appreciative audiences at the Otago Farmers Market, an official civic welcome, the iconic Port Chalmers sea food festival, and last year went on a very successful Blenheim tour.

What are we doing in 2019?
We're challenging ourselves to tour Australia next May. We'll share tunes with some Melbourne schools, attend a workshop at Monash University, see some sights, then bus to Mt Gambier for the Generations in Jazz Festival. At Mt Gambier we will meet some truly inspiring great jazz musicians, other young musicians, and attend concerts, workshops, as well as compete for prizes. We're really keen to share our sets with all who will be gathered there. We want to make this an outstanding trip for us and also for our inspiring leader and conductor, John Dodd. The 16 of us are going to learn so much from this opportunity.

How can you help?
Please donate and then share this campaign with your family and friends. This jazz tour is costing each of us $4,000.00. With your support, this boost will reduce the cost on our whanau and be a great kick start to our fundraising efforts, as over the next 7 months we intend to raise all the money ourselves. This long journey of anticipation will encourage us to do our best for our band and school. All donations received will go towards travel and accommodation costs.

Thank you so much for being part of our journey, we really appreciate this! Please keep in touch with us. Kia pai tō rā.

"We're thrilled our jazz band wants to be at the Mt Gambier Jazz Festival, Australia, May 2019. Music is deeply embedded in our school culture, huge thanks to our Music HoD John Dodd for his many years of enthusiasm and dedication to our students. We cherish seeing them develop during their years in the band both musically and personally, taking on challenges and succeeding. This trip, and the preparation for it, is a wonderful opportunity to further extend them."

Kristan Mouat and Peter Hills, Co-Principals Logan Park High School



Mount Gambier Generations in Jazz



  • News Flash! We are so grateful!!!!


    This evening we reached 100% !!!

    Thank you so much to our 76 donors, and all others who have been helping this campaign. We are so grateful.

    If you’ve been intending to donate but have not yet done so, now’s the time to do it, as the campaign is still open for 48 hours, until (NZ time) 12.00 midnight Friday 26 October. With a total budget of $64,000, or $4,00 per band member, every further dollar helps reduce the overall cost for each band member.

    Thank you for all your support.

    This tour is a hugely exciting commitment for us.

  • School hols are over and we’ve 9 days to go!


    Hi Everyone. Good news, our jazz band is together again after school holidays and we’re straight into practice for two up-coming gigs! The first is at Brooklands Retirement Village on Friday 26th October. The second is as guest performers at the Dunedin RSA Choir End of Year Concert, Dunedin Town Hall, Monday November 19th. Grab a ticket!

    Otago Access Radio interviewed three of our band members last week. Follow this link to hear them, and please share  http://bit.ly/BigBadBigBandOARFM

    Some of us busked in Dunedin during the holidays. Pictured below is Abe Baillie (centre) on drums, playing with the Jazz Jam Sunday Session at Inch Bar. He’ll be at Inch Bar next Sunday, 5 to 7 pm, get along and listen in.

    A huge thanks to all our donors who have helped us so far with Boosted! The campaign is still open for 9 more days and we are on track to achieve our target. Remember that every dollar donated reduces the overall cost for each member of the band to get to Mt Gambier and the Generations in Jazz Festival. With a total budget of $64,000.00, every little bit helps!

    School hols are over and we’ve 9 days to go!
  • We’re over 80% !


    We’re blown away by the generosity of our donors!
    We have 18 days to go and are on track to achieve our target.
    Your support is really helping us to charge along, so we’ve been doing extra group fundraising when we can. Last Saturday we held a car wash and bake stall at Beaurepaires, Andy Bay, Dunedin: the first time ever our band has done that! We soaped and hosed clean nearly 150 cars, vans and SUVs, had baking for sale and we even busked jazz. Thank you so much to all who came along and helped us raise $1,187.90c. This will all go towards the $64,000 cost of the trip to Mt Gambier.
    Special shout out to our families and John Dodd who helped us wash. We had a little bit of baking left, and donated it to Dunedin’s Night Shelter. It felt good to give back to community, after receiving from others.
    Several band members went on to play at the “Jazz Cafe –Big Choir! Big Band! Big Night Out!“ at the Dunedin Town Hall that Saturday night. Well done, a huge day of jazz.

    Pictured are Abe Baillie, Colin MacAndrew and Finn McKinlay busking while cars are cleaned

    We’re over 80% !