AJF36: Atlanta Jazz Festival Announces Winners of Youth Jazz Band Competition
Atlanta, GA — “The Atlanta Jazz Festival is committed to events and programming which promote the education and entertainment of a diverse audience of jazz fans, and to nurturing the next generation of jazz musicians,” says Camille Russell Love, Director of the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs. “Our annual Youth Jazz Band Competition is one of the key components in fulfilling that mission. It is also a wonderful way to celebrate the incredible amount of young talent right here in our communities.”
The 10th Annual Youth Jazz Band Competition took place on Saturday, March 23 at Georgia State University in Kopleff Recital Hall. Competition was open to all Georgia Department of Education accredited High Schools (grades 9-12) and Middle Schools (grades 6-8) in all 28 metro Atlanta counties. Eight bands competed and six won the opportunity to perform as the opening act each day at the festival in Piedmont Park over Memorial Day Weekend. Scholarships for this year’s competition were made possible by Bank of America.
Adjudicators for the competition were Phil Clore, host and producer of the Monday evening “Jazz To Soothe The Soul” program on WRFG 89.3 FM; Melvin Jones, world-class trumpeter and The Director of Bands and Instrumental Studies at Morehouse College; and Mace Hibbard, Grammy award winning saxophonist and Professor of Jazz Saxophone and Improvisation at Georgia State University. Master of Ceremonies duties were performed by Carl Anthony, former host of Jazz 91.9 FM WCLK’s ground breaking “Serenade To The City” program and curator of the popular Notorious Jazz web site. Hosting the event on behalf of the Georgia State University School of Music was Community Music Programs Manager, Mariel Reynolds.
The top three winning bands will perform on the Main Stage at the festival. The bands, school names and band directors are as follows:
1st Place – The Benjamin E. Mays High School Jazz Orchestra
Benjamin E. Mays High School – Atlanta, GA
William J. Earvin – Band Director
*They won a $750 scholarship
They will perform on the Main Stage on Monday, May 27 @ 1 pm
2nd Place – North Atlanta Center for the Arts Jazz Band
North Atlanta High School – Atlanta, GA
Adam Brooks – Band Director
*They won a $500 scholarship.
They will perform on the Main Stage on Sunday, May 26 @ 1 pm
3rd Place – Stephenson High School Jazz Ensemble
Stephenson High School – Stone Mountain, GA
William P. Oliver – Band Director
*They won a $250 scholarship.
They will perform on the Main Stage on Saturday, May 25 @ 1 pm
This year three additional opportunities were offered to the 4th, 5th, and 6th place bands to play at the festival on the International Stage. No scholarships included. The bands, schools and band directors are:
4th Place – The Westlake High School Jazz Ensemble
Westlake High School – Atlanta, GA
Cedric Young – Band Director
They will perform on the International Stage on Monday, May 27 @ 3:30 pm
5th Place – J.C. Young Middle School Jazz Ensemble
J.C. Young Middle School – Atlanta, GA
Robert Jeffrey – Band Director
They will perform on the International Stage on Sunday, May 26 @ 3:30 pm
6th Place – Tri-Cities High School Jazz Band
Tri-Cities High School – East Point, GA
Tarik Rowland – Band Director
They will perform on the International Stage on Saturday, May 25 @ 2 pm
Sponsors for this year’s festival are PNC Bank, The Coca-Cola Company, Georgia Lottery, Celebrity Cruises, Publix Super Markets, Bank of America, England Pianos, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Federal Home Loan Bank-ATL, MARTA, Loews Atlanta Hotel and id8. Media partners include: the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists, Atlanta Daybook, Candid Jazz Blast, Black Enterprise, atlantajazz.info, 1380 News & Talk WAOK, V-103, InContact, Atlanta Inquirer, Atlanta Tribune, JS108-atlanta.com, Majic 107.5, JazzTimes, Rolling Out, WOWNOW and WRFG 89.3 FM.
The 36th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival is presented by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, a division of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs. The Atlanta Jazz Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural organization whose mission is to educate and entertain a diverse audience of jazz fans and to nurture the next generation of jazz musicians. Join us on Facebook at AtlantaJazzFestival , download our new mobile app for iPhone and Android, and visit the official web site at www.atlantafestivals.com for the latest schedules, news and information.
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