Nanyang Technological University
Cultural Activities Club

Our Upcoming Concert

Hourglass V: My Favourite Things

Gateway Theatre, 8 March 2018, 7pm

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A Brief Introduction

NTU CAC Jazz and Blues club has come a long way since its inception in the early 2000s. Starting out as a small combo band of five people, it has now grown into a club of about 30 members.

Our club is a platform for NTU students who share the common passion for music and performance. A place where members are grouped into bands and perform at various events, both internal and external. The bands’ repertoire comprises jazz and related forms of music such as Swing, Bossa Nova, Samba, Blues, Funk and also Pop and Fusion genres.

Through our performances, we hope to share jazz and blues music with the NTU population and beyond. Under the expert guidance of renowned local jazz musicians, Joshua Wan and Eugenia Yip, we strive to achieve a professional standard of musical performance.

Our Committee

Steven Pratama


Rachel Low Pei Sze


Our Instructors

Joshua Wan

Joshua Wan has been a familiar face in the local music scene for the last 16 years. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music (1989), he is very involved in the local jazz scene. A regular sessionist on piano and bass, he has done stints with Chicago bass legend Eldee Young at the Sheraton Towers, ChromaZone ­ jazz mainstays at Harry’s Quayside, ethno/world-music jazz ensemble Terra Firma featuring Otrie Barrett, and jazz guitar favourite Greg Chako at the Raffles Hotel. He has gigged extensively with jazz luminaries Christy Smith, Eddie Layman, Aya Sekine, Mike Tracy, Clarisa Monteiro, Brian Benson, Farid Ali, Rick Smith, Mario Serio, Edmond Branson Jr, Paul Ponnadurai, Tony Makarome and local jazz giant Jeremy Monteiro .

Eugenia Yip

Songwriter and vocalist from The Steve McQueens and Riot !n Magenta, Eugenia is based in Singapore. In 2011, Eugenia received the highest academic honor (BA First Class) from Lasalle College of the Arts, where she undertook her undergraduate studies in Popular Music as a Voice Major. Her music is a sonic melting pot of her various influences. As an artist, she is unafraid to explore and experiment with her instrument. Over the years, she has been invited to perform on various international stages such as Mosaic Music Festival, Java Jazz Festival, Singjazz Festival, Baybeats Festival, Hello! ASEAN Festival and Tokyo Arts Festival.


Upcoming Event

20 January 2018 Kreta Ayer Heritage Dash @ Kreta Ayer CC
24 January 2018 Busking at MyStage @ North Spine (under the big screen) 1230-1330
31 January 2018 Music Intime @ SPMS MAS Atrium 12.45-13.15
7 February 2018 Nanyang Arts Symphony @ Canopy K
28 February 2018 Busking at MyStage @ North Spine (under the big screen) 12.30-13.30
28 February 2018 Music Intime @ SPMS MAS Atrium 12.45-13.15
8 March 2018 Hourglass 5: My Favourite Things

Past Event

Contact Us

We would like to hear from you! If you have any performance request, comments or feedback of anything related to our club, feel free to email us at and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to FAQ section. Whether you are keen to join our club or event organizer, we have prepared these FAQ lists for you and grouped it into relevant categories. If you still have any question unanswered, feel free to email us at

Auditions are held within the first 2 weeks of each academic year (August).
To join the club as a musician, you must be able to play one of the following instruments:

  • Acoustic / Electric guitar
  • Piano / Keyboard / Synthesizer
  • Bass guitar / Double bass
  • Drum set / Percussion
  • Other instruments such as brass, woodwind or strings
  • Vocals

You would be expected to have a decent level of proficiency in your instrument and be active in picking up new skills along the way.

To be a committee member, you would have to first be accepted into the club. The available committee positions will be announced shortly after the audition results.
As much as we would love to share our love of music with all interested students, we lack the necessary manpower and resources to support a recreational section. However, you are welcome to sit in our band practices to check out how things are done.
Members will be assigned to a band of at least 7 members and practices are conducted once a week from 19:00-22:00 at Nanyang House. The music room is #01-17 located at Nanyang House in NTU.

Band practices are orchestrated entirely by the band leaders and their band members. They are allowed to exercise freedom and creativity in song choices and arrangements bearing in mind the general music directions given by the club committee. In semester one, the bands will be practicing for our on-campus showcase, ‘Campus Groove’. In semester two, the bands will be preparing for our annual concert, ‘Hourglass’.

Member may decide to take on additional gigs for more performance opportunities. Practices for these gigs will take place outside of the official weekly practices, according to the availability of the members performing for that gig.

A Combined Learning Session (CLS) will take place before any major performances. During the Combined Learning Session, our musical instructor and vocal instructor will come down to guide us.
Members are encouraged to use their own instruments. However, the club also has various instruments and equipment that club members may use:
  • Microphones
  • Electric piano/keyboard
  • Electric guitar
  • Electric bass
  • Double Bass
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Drum set
  • Miscellaneous percussion instruments
  • Amplifiers and cables
It is perfectly fine to join the club without background in jazz or blues, which has been the case for many of our members. We are looking for members who are proficient in their instrument and open to exploring unfamiliar genres to improve on their musicianship. The Jazz and Blues club is a great avenue to start picking up jazz from our instructors and other members.
Our club has 2 major performances each year. In semester one, we have an on-campus casual showcase called ‘Campus Groove’. In semester two, we will organise a large scale concert called ‘Hourglass’ in a large concert venue. On top of that, our band is often invited to play for school events (e.g Oktoberfest, Freshmen Welcome Ceremony, NTUFest) and external events like charity carnivals, weddings, ceremonies and social gatherings.
Official practices take place once a week at night from 19:00-22:00. Nearing our major performances, band members may decide to schedule additional practices at their own time. Members can also decide to take up gigs should they want to have more opportunities to perform.
The following lists the amount of points awarded to club members:
  • 7 points: Chairperson and Vice Chairperson
  • 5 points: Other committee members
  • 3 points: All other members
Please refer to the school web page on the Hall Allocation Scheme (HAS) for more information.
The Jazz and Blues Club would love to add a musical touch to your event! Please let us know about your event at least 6 weeks in advance to allow us time to plan and coordinate band practices. It is ideal to let us know the context of your event so that we can customize the performance. Send an email to for more information.
The main repertoire of the bands comprises Jazz and Blues and related forms of music. However, our members are proficient with other genres like Mainstream pop and rock. Do let us know of any special song requests, for example, you might want our band to provide light background music for a formal event, or to perform upbeat music for a festive event.
As Jazz and Blues is a student-run club, our main aim is to provide our student members with opportunities to perform in various settings. However, there is a negotiable charge that depends on the duration of performance. This is to ensure that our members are well compensated for their effort in striving to perform to their best abilities for you. Transport charges for the instruments also apply accordingly. Please contact us at for more information.
Each band typically consists of 4 to 6 members, including the singer and instrumentalists.
The space required by the entire band is at least approximately 3m by 4m. The time taken to move all the equipment up the stage (if any), set up and sound-check is about 15 to 20 minutes, therefore it should be done before the event or during breaks to prevent the guests from waiting too long. It takes about 3 minutes to clear the stage. Please contact us at for more information.
Rehearsals are usually not needed unless the event organizer requires it, or if it is necessary for the band to test the sound system provided by the event organizer.
You may wish to check out our YouTube channel videos of our past performances.
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