Musicians from area middle schools, high schools and a community college will have the opportunity to perform for nationally recognized jazz educators at the Washburn University Coleman Hawkins High School Jazz Festival on Friday, April 12.
The day concludes with a performance at 7:30 p.m. in White Concert Hall featuring Sean Parsons with the Washburn’s jazz ensemble I and The Bill Crain Group, who appear regularly at the Blue Room in Kansas City. No admission is charged.
Each student group will present three to four compositions within a 30-minute segment, which will be critiqued by professional jazz educators who will also provide the directors with detailed instruction and work with each ensemble and discuss methods and practices to encourage improvement.
Clinicians will be Sean Parsons, director of jazz studies/piano, Marshall University; Arthur White, director of jazz studies, University of Missouri; Todd Wilkenson, director of jazz studies, Washburn; and Daryl Batchelor, director of jazz studies (retired), Hutchinson Community College.
School groups participating include Basehor-Linwood High; Eisenhower High, Goddard; Hayden High; Iola Middle School; Iola High; Junction City High; Kansas City Kansas Community College; Rock Creek High; Seaman Middle School; Seaman High; Topeka High; Washburn Rural High; and Wamego High.
For information, call (785) 670-1511.
Contact: Dena Anson