Phoenix Foundation – Jugendjazzorchester Rheinland-Pfalz was founded as „Landesjugendbigband – Rheinland-Pfalz in 1979. The Name „Phoenix Foundation“ exists since April 1998 an represents the new members of the band which are at an average age of 20. The Orchestra is located in Mainz, capitol of the german state Rhineland-Palatinate and in charge of the „Landesmusikrat Rheinland-Pfalz“ (State-Music-Council of Rhineland-Palatinate).
Bandirector and producer is Frank Reichert. The musical work of the band is supported by a team of jazz musicians. Current musical director is Steve Fidyk, USA. The work of the band musically supports young talented jazz musicians all over Rheinland-Pfalz and also prepare them for musical studies at university. The band rehearsals take place 2 or 3 times a year, each rehearsal endures one week. During the year the band plays several concerts and other musical events.
The 20 young Jazz musicians of „Phoenix Foundation“ play musical highlights from Jazz, Rock and Pop music. Arrangements from Count Basie, to Peter Herbolzheimer, Hits from Santana to the themes of James Bond series. Musical creativity expands the spectrum: compositions from the members will be arranged and presented by Phoenix Foundation.
During the years the orchestra toured through the USA, Korea, Brazil, South Africa, China, India, Bolivia and performed with international well-known musicians such as Michael Philipp Mossman, Steve Fidyk, Peter Weniger, Ack van Rooyen, Terell Stafford, Wayne Bergeron, Greg Abate, Samunori – Korean Drums, Ramamani and Pe Werner.
The band will let the audience swing. So, swing with us!
Frank Reichert born in 1959, Conductor of the „Phoenix Foundation“ is music teacher at „Wilhelm-Hofmann-Gymnasium” Highschool, in St. Goarshausen. He made his musical studies at the university in Mainz and played jazz trumpet in bands and big bands in Rheinland-Pfalz and other parts of Germany. He works with big bands of all grades since he was 20.
Beside his work with Phoenix Foundation he is the leader of Coming up, the jazz ensemble of Wilhelm-Hofmann-Gymnasium St. Goarshausen/Rhineland Palatinate. Mr. Reichert was impressario of the Idstein Jazzfestival between 2005 and 2015.