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Jazzy send off thanks to school band.

PILGRIMS leaving Cofton Park were treated to a swing and gospel set from an acclaimed school jazz band.

St Augustine's Catholic School, in Redditch, is renowned for its musical prowess and pupils once performed for the Holy Father, at one of his addresses in Rome three years ago.

Their jazz band caught the ears of one of the organisers of the Papal visit who invited them to play out worshippers leaving the beatification.

More than 30 students, aged 14 to 18, took part in the send off.

Head teacher Yvonne Brennan said: "They were absolutely delighted to be involved in the visit. We all felt very privileged and honoured. I think our students made the celebration a very joyful one.

"I am very proud of my students and our musical director Chris Long."

Another 29 youngsters from the school were involved in the choir of 2,500 which performed in Latin during the beatification ceremony.


Delighted: Members of the St Augistines Jazz Band. Charlotte Robinson (front centre) with band members, from left, Helen Woodward, Jake Quirk, David Cassidy, Dan Saunders and Rebecca Powell.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Sep 20, 2010
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