Established in 2008, the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band made up of exceptional middle and high school students – an 18-piece big band that perform with international jazz luminaries, under the direction of Musical Director Jules Estrin. The students receive regular workshops on improvisation, ensemble playing and Jazz techniques from some of Canada’s foremost music educators and musicians. The Youth Big Band performs extensively throughout the year with appearances at the JAZZ.FM91 Sound of Jazz Concert Series, as well as at select festivals and special events. For nearly a decade, the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band has shared the stage with legendary Jazz figures such as Joey DeFrancesco, Bucky Pizzarelli, Tom Scott, Lew Tabackin, Guido Basso and Al Jarreau. Alumni from the group have gone onto further their studies at the Berklee College of Music, the Brubeck Institute, Humber College, McGill University, the New England Conservatory and the University of Toronto.