The Festival Education Committee is currently working on the 2017 Education Program and particularly the Student Clinics. When ready, this information will be available here. Meanwhile, please review the 2016 information, as the new program will in all likelihood be very similar.
The Festival Mission Statement includes the words: “Promote jazz music and live performances with educational programs for both listeners and young performers.” Each year the Education Committee works to satisfy this mission, with special attention given to building interest among young people and helping student musicians.
Included in the range of programs and activities over the years have been concerts at many area elementary and middle schools, most notably a series featuring the Denver Jazz Club Youth All-Stars, giving us young people performing for younger people.
In addition, there have been many instructional events providing student musicians with the opportunity to learn from established professionals, including many members of the Queen City Jazz Band. These sessions have taken the form of workshops and “Combo Days” at Evergreen High School and several area middle and elementary schools.
One of the highlights of 2016 was a series of visits to Deer Creek Elementary School where members of the Education Committee met with three classes of fourth graders and introduced them to six different instruments. Students were allowed to experiment with each instrument and were also treated to a slideshow. Most reported they are now anxious to join the band in fifth grade.
Again this year, Festival Week will include two Student Clinics with professional instruction on virtually every instrument. All of the instructors (with one exception) will be appearing in the Festival, which means students will be learning from such great talents as Carl Sonny Leyland, Nicki Parrott, Tim Laughlin and Danny Coots to mention just a few.