Student Jazz Competition – April 19, 2017

Inaugural Student Jazz Combo Competition
Glaser Center
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 @ 10:00am

Healdsburg Jazz launches a friendly competition for Sonoma County High School Jazz Combos − Come check them out and get inspired!

While many schools across the country have cut music programs along with other arts education programs, we know that learning music, playing it and hearing it, can inspire and educate like nothing else. That’s why we’re committed to jazz education in Sonoma County schools, and that’s why we’re sponsoring the first-ever Student Jazz Combo Competition (SJCC) in Sonoma County.

Ten jazz combos comprised of Sonoma County high school musicians will participate.

Come hear for yourself on April 22, at a special day-long immersion in the art and practice of jazz improvisation. From 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., students from 10 area high schools will demonstrate their growing creativity and confidence on their instruments in ensembles of up to six, under the direction of their local music teachers.

Student groups from Casa Grande, El Molino High bands 1 and 2, Healdsburg High, Montgomery High bands 1 and 2, Petaluma High, Rincon Valley High, Sonoma Academy, and Windsor High will perform in 30-minute slots throughout the day. This is a juried competition – see judging criteria here – and each half-hour performance by the 9-12 graders will include material that reflects their personal vision of jazz. Their selection should include at least one “swing” number, but can also draw from bebop, Latin jazz, funk jazz – even original compositions.

If you’re a student in a local school, you should find the day-long event inspiring and fun. Cheer on your school but stay positive for everyone, this is a friendly competition. Get inspired to play, and start a combo to compete next year – you could win a prize! Students under 18 are admitted free (though we do ask you pre-register so we know you’re coming).

The winning bands will be announced at 5:00pm

First Place: $1,000 and a place on stage at the Healdsburg Jazz Festival on June 9, 2017
Second Place: $500
Third Place: $250

$10 General – Under 18 free

Glaser Center
547 Mendocino Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(707) 327-8108

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