The Dunedin Youth Jazz Orchestra is a Big Band for musicians under the age of 25. The DYJO is currently directed by club director, Bill Martin, and performs at DJC events as the house band.
The DYJO brings together the best improvising talent from around Dunedin and provides an opportunity for university students and young adults to perform in a jazz ensemble after leaving high.
The DYJO was formed in 2019 after the inaugural Dunedin Youth Jazz Festival, an event in which High School Big Bands and Small Combos compete annually for group awards. After the first DYJF, it was clear that there was a pool of highly talented young instrumentalists who would benefit from the opportunity to play in a selective jazz ensemble beyond their school years.