The Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra – FYJO – is an award winning big band located in Fife, and has been led for 39 years by our Musical Director, Richard Michael, winner of the 2013 Jazz Educator of Year award, and a 2009 parliamentary jazz award for services to jazz education. Our Musical Director is assisted by tutors Carlo Madden and Pete Petrie.
Richard is one of Scotland’s most versatile musicians, who has influenced a generation of teachers and students with his innovative methods of teaching improvisation through forty years work with Fife Youth Jazz Orchestra (FYJO) and a career as composer, performer and workshop leader. As a pianist and organist Richard gives recitals on The Art of Improvisation, and can improvise in any key, in any style at the merest hint of a theme! He is Radio Scotland’s “Jazz Jargonbuster”, demonstrating many styles of jazz in “The Jazz House” and has recently been featured on Radio3’s “Jazz Line-up”.
Pete is an established music teacher and professional musician who has been working with Richard since his teens (Pete’s). Pete Leads the Junior Band at FYJO and helps out in the Senior Band when his trombone is required!