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600 young musicians to participate in Coleman Hawkins jazz festival at Washburn

Approximately 600 student musicians from two middle schools and 10 high schools in northeast Kansas will have the opportunity to perform for nationally recognized jazz educators at the Washburn University Coleman Hawkins High School Jazz Festival on Friday, April 4.

Student performances begin at 8 a.m., with the day concluding at 7:30 p.m. with a special program in White Concert Hall featuring Dave Dickey, a nationally acclaimed trombonist and leader of the Dave Dickey Big Band, with the Washburn's jazz ensemble I and Washburn Combo.  Also performing will be event clinicians and directors of jazz studies Arthur White, of University of Missouri; Todd Wilkinson, of Ottawa University; Nick Schroeder, of Hutchinson Community College; and Craig Treinen, of Washburn.

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. For information, call 785.670.1511.

School groups participating are:

  • Basehor-Linwood High, Basehor, Kan.
  • Eisenhower High, Goddard, Kan.
  • Hayden High, Topeka
  • Iola Middle School and Iola High
  • Junction City High
  • Rock Creek High
  • Seaman Middle School and Seaman High, Topeka
  • Topeka High
  • Turner High, Kansas City, Kan.
  • Washburn Rural High, Topeka


Contact: Dena Anson, university relations, 785.670.1711