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The 103rd Festival in 2015 commenced with the Youth Jazz Band Challenge. The event is held in association with the Rotary Club of Chipping Norton. The winning band has the opportunity to play at Chippy Jazz and Music Day in September 2015 - more information about Chippy Jazz.
Colin Touchin adjudicated, commenting on the fantastic young talent all through the evening. Bands that took part were
Bloxham School Senior Jazz Band, Oxfordshire Dixieland Jazz Collective, Oxfordshire Dixieland Jazz Band, Cokethorpe School Jazz Band, and Oxfordshire Youth Big Band.
The winners were Cokethorpe School Jazz Band (below left) who played Maiden Voyage (Herbie Hancock) and Street Life (Jazz Crusaders).