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The 101st Festival in 2013 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.

President Anthony Williams adjudicated, commenting on the fantastic young talent all through the evening. Bands that took part were Reading School Big Band, Bloxham School Jazz Band, Oxfordshire Jazz Collectives I and II, Frank Jazz, Cokethorpe Jazz Band, and Oxforshire Youth Big Band. The winners were Frank Jazz who played Chick Corea's "Spain" and Dave Brubeck's "Blue Rondo a la Turk".