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Jonny Cooper

At the age of 13, Cooper was introduced to the Big Band sound of the Glenn Miller Orchestra at a concert in England. Since then it has been Big Band all the way and few musicians have had a better training then Cooper. Picking up his first trumpet the age of six, he won a music scholarship as a chorister to Eton College Choir School where he was classically trained.

After a further scholarship to Shiplake College Henley Upon Thames, Cooper permitted to travel to London at weekends to play with the Ray McVay Orchestra. Britain's No. 1 Ballroom band at the famous Hammersmith Palais. The famous Ken Mackintosh and his orchestra permitted the young Jonny Cooper to 'sit in' with his orchestra on occasions. This was the start of his Big Band career!

Although Jonny led many smaller bands in the UK, his dream of leading his own Big Band was only realised when he came to South Africa in 1992. Started for fun and as an opportunity to meet fellow Big Band enthusiasts, the Jonny Cooper Orchestra has grown to become a major force in South Africa music and respected worldwide.

The nephew of Britain's top comedian, the late Tommy Cooper, Jonny understands the art of showmanship. Forming his first jazz band whilst at school , Jonny has always insisted on presentation and demands this from his musicians, following a self imposed philosophy of discipline and attention to detail.

If the boys are having a good time, then they relax, and the band swings. It's all about discipline, professionalism, but above all passion

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