In 2015 the White Rock Traditional
Jazz Society celebrated - a quarter century of New Orleans
inspired jazz for dancing and listening.
The White Rock Traditional Jazz Society was
formed in 1990 and has presented weekly jazz for
dancing and listening eight months every year since
then. The White Rock Trad., Jazz Society is a
registered not for profit society dedicated to the
preservation and promotion of early jazz, Dixieland,
New Orleans style.
We also sponsor
an annual jazz camp for high school
students who learn to play early jazz here in Canada.
In addition talented students are given scholarships
to attend Camp Heebie Jeebies in Washington State
and several young adults have been sent to a jazz
camp in Sacramento.
The Society is funded
by annual dues of fifteen dollars ($15.00) from a
membership of approximate two hundred. Members and
guests pay a door charge for the Sunday session of
ten dollars ($10.00) and twelve dollars ($12.00)
respectively. The Youth Music Camp is funded by the
weekly 50/50 draw and donations.
receive Newsletters hand delivered, by snail mail
and most recently published on this site., The White Rock Rag, three
times a year which advertises the up coming program
and e-mail reminders are sent weekly.
Thanks to the
availability of high quality bands in the Lower
Mainland and Washington State the Society is able to
present a varied program of early jazz styles - a
different band every week.
All weekly events
are held at the Crescent Royal Canadian Legion
#240, 2643 128 Street, Surrey, BC. This mutually
beneficial arrangement is in its' sixteenth year.
Prior to that the main venue was at the Pacific Inn.
The weekly Parasol Parade
is a unique and popular feature which emulates the
street parades in New Orleans.
The Society is
administered by its annual-elected Board of
Directors - retired professionals who have the
necessary variety of skills and are Jazz
enthusiasts. Their combined voluntary work enables
the club to thrive and remain true to its mission
within the constraints of prudent financial
management. Success is measured by the continuing
attendance at the weekly dances as well as the
ability to support the youth program.