What is the Jam Bus?

The Jam Bus is a mobile recording studio for Primary and Intermediate Schools. Run by the Play it Strange Trust, the Jam Bus travels to schools, taking all the recording equipment you would normally find in a professional studio. The ‘bus’ is actually a van, and we set up in a room in the school, allowing us access to the school’s musical equipment and to have more space for larger groups to take part. The Jam Bus can record all sorts of musical ensembles: choirs, kapa haka, bands, orchestras, soloists. If you can play it, we can record it.

Around 3 weeks after the session – once we’ve mixed the recordings and mastered the recordings you’ve made, we send every student who has taken part in the programme a CD of the whole school’s recordings – meaning the families and broader community can enjoy the school’s music.

The Jam Bus is fortunate enough to have full funding for Primary, Intermediate, & Intermediate aged groups in High Schools Decile 1-8 in the greater Auckland region. That means the programme is entirely free for those schools.

We also take the Jam Bus to primary schools Decile 9 & 10, and Secondary Schools by request, and have a number of ways we can help with fundraising if need be. Please feel free to contact us about options.

Play It Strange has already taken the Jam Bus to around 120 schools throughout Auckland & the North Island, and so far the response has been fantastic. We’ve recorded over 1000 songs, sent out over 15,000 CDs, and the talent that’s present in every school has blown us away.

Listen to some Jam Bus Sessions

See the Jam Bus in action