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The 100th Festival in 2012, opened by Alex James from Blur, commenced with the Youth Jazz Band Challenge. The event is held in association with the Rotary Club of Chipping Norton. The winning band, Reading School Big Band, has the opportunity to play at Chippy Jazz and Music Day in September 2012 - more information about Chippy Jazz.

Adjudicator Keith Allen commented on the fantastic talent on show. Bands that took part were Oxforshire Youth Big Band, The Warriner Funk Band, Cokethorpe Jazz Band, Bloxham School Jazz Band, Reading School Big Band, and King Eddie's Revival Big Band.