The Prince Edward Jazz Band was formed in 2001 following Prince Edward School’s effective music programme where music theory is taken as a compulsory subject in Form One. Since its founding, the school has been regarded as a solid foundation used by many young musicians to enter the music industry. Aspiring and talented students are recognized and encouraged to join numerous clubs such as the marimba band, orchestra, big band and the jazz band. The band is known for performing in many school choir completions. The band also performs at corporate and private functions such as the National Arts Merit Awards and Winter Jazz Festivals.
The ensemble has also received acknowledgment from the diplomatic community such as the American, Italian and Spanish embassies in Harare. The orchestra has given a number of ambitious artists a secure foundation in music. This has allowed a number graduates to pursue careers in the music industry.The band has produced notable graduates such as Thabani Gapara, who pursued music studies at the University of KwaZulu Natal and is now working in the music industry in South Africa, the late Sam Mutukudzi, Tinashe Mukarakati (now a music director at St Johns’ School), Vimbayi Mukarakati (now a music teacher at Harare International School and Peterhouse School) and Obrey Kabambe (a saxophonist and a music teacher at Arundel School and St Georges’ College).