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The 104th Festival in 2016 commenced with the Youth Jazz Band Challenge in association with the Rotary Club of Chipping Norton.

Steven Roberts adjudicated, commenting on the fantastic young talent all through the evening. Bands that took part were Top Sop Jazz Quartet, Oxfordshire Youth Big Band, Cokethorpe School Jazz Band, and Oxfordshire Dixieland Jazz Band. The winners were Reading School Big Band (centre) who played numbers by Hank Levy, Billie Strayhorn, and Duke Ellington.