Jazz Band video archive

The Jazz Band video archive continues to grow. We now have a selection of some of the most recent concerts, archive dating all the way back to 1983, a feature from local television, and the glory of the 10th, 20th, and 30th anniversary reunion concerts. Watch out for the 40th anniversary concert in 2016!

More Jazz Band concerts from the archive are waiting, and will be uploaded as as they are processed and available. Please be patient as preparing them takes time, and our upload limits restrict how much we can make available each week. Please come back again soon and see what new videos are available.

Charity concert in aid of West Exe charity Surf Action 28 March 2014

This concert featured a wide range of musicians from across the school, closing with the Jazz Band and a special performance with Charlotte Ward of Year 11 on vocals. Too see all the performances please visit our website Video Gallery.

Surfin USA – West Exe Jazz Band

Mancini medley – West Exe Jazz Band

I wish I knew – West Exe Jazz Band and Charlotte

Joint concert with Exeter College Big Band 7 February 2014

The twenty-fifth annual joint concert with Exeter College saw a jazz first, a joint performance between the two bands at the end of the concert. See the barnstorming performance of ‘Pick up the pieces‘ below.

Joint concert with Exmouth 27 June 2013

2013 saw another successful and well-received joint concert with Exmouth at West Exe Technology College. This year featured a joint performance by both bands to end the concert. You can choose between the handheld clips from the front of the auditorium for that close up view, or the full panoramic view from the top of the auditorium.

Panoramic view from top of auditorium

Handheld clips

1983 recording at Plymouth Polytechnic for Devon County Show, 16th March 1983

10th anniversary reunion concert in the school hall, 7th September 1986

A scratchy and wobbly old recording, but what memories it brings back!

Set 1 – the then current Jazz Band – Bandstand boogie; Soul mates; Stray acorn; Walking home with Brother Bill; Shake rattle and roll; Tragedy

Set 2You came a long way from St. Louis; Jade tree; Feelings; Just the way you are; Sorta the blues; Swing Street; Hay burner

Set 3Free spirit; Somewhere; Here, there, and everywhere; Cannon; Raindrops keep falling on my head; Georgy Girl (last two conducted by Fred Tonkin)

Set 4 – All on stage – Ain’t misbehaving; String of pearls; Day by day; Hello Dolly

1991 TSW feature on evening local news programme on St Thomas High School Jazz Band at Devon Schools Prom

20th anniversary reunion concert in the school hall, 22nd September 1996

Was it really nearly twenty years ago? We now have the children of musicians from this concert in the current 2014 band! It’s another old recording converted from VHS, but still well worth watching in spite of the wobbles.

20th anniversary reunion concert in the school hall, 22nd September 1996 (part 1)

The first set sees a scratch band brought together for the concert, featuring players and vocalists from many different eras of the Jazz Band. See the credits at the end of the film for a full list of those performing.

Watermelon man; Just the way you are; Chameleon; Mr Basket; Misty; Son of a preacherman

20th anniversary reunion concert in the school hall, 22nd September 1996 (part 2)

The sax quartet of 1996 was superb – see John Cloke, Roz Harding, Kathryn Johnstone and James Baker perform Ain’t misbehavin’

20th anniversary reunion concert in the school hall, 22nd September 1996 (part 3)

The current Jazz Band of 1996 takes to the stage. See the credits at the end of the film for a full list of those performing.

Tuxedo junction; Judgement day; Smoke gets in your eyes; Satin doll (conducted by Fred Tonkin); Fly me to the moon; How high the moon; Fatback blues (featuring En Masse dance group)

20th anniversary reunion concert in the school hall, 22nd September 1996 (part 4)

The senior band features musicians from the twenty year history of the band, reunited under the leadership of Dave Parsons for one day only. See the credits at the end of the film for a full list of those performing.

Swing street; Hay burner; Queen bee; Home cookin’; Switch in time; Birdland; Sorta the blues

30th anniversary reunion concert at the Barnfield Theatre, 3rd September 2006 (part 1)

30th anniversary reunion concert at the Barnfield Theatre, 3rd September 2006 (part 2)

30th anniversary reunion concert at the Barnfield Theatre, 3rd September 2006 (part 3)

30th anniversary reunion concert at the Barnfield Theatre, 3rd September 2006 (part 4)

30th anniversary reunion concert at the Barnfield Theatre, 3rd September 2006 (part 5)

30th anniversary reunion concert at the Barnfield Theatre, 3rd September 2006 (part 6)