Monday, January 13, 2014

Webster Groves student jazz ensembles to perform this Friday, January 17 at The Pageant

The jazz ensembles from Webster Groves High School and Hixson Middle School in Webster Groves will present their annual fund- raising concert at 7:00 p.m. this Friday at The Pageant.

All proceeds from the concert will go toward paying for instruments, sheet music, and trips for WGHS jazz students, and to help defray the costs of bringing in guest artists throughout the year to teach and perform with the bands.

WGHS jazz band director Kevin Cole tells StLJN that the top students from the program will be traveling again this year to NYC, where they'll perform saxophonist Donald Harrison. (You can read Cole's account of the band's 2011 NYC trip here.)

A number of students from the WGHS program have been included in Jazz St. Louis' JazzU and Jazz St. Louis All-Stars ensembles, and in the all-state jazz band for Missouri. The school's flagship Jazz 1 ensemble has appeared in performances with well-known musicians including Bob Mintzer, Wycliffe Gordon, and Byron Stripling, and learned from clinicians including Cyrus Chestnut, Lawrence Fields, Jeff Hamilton, Conrad Herwig, Tom 'Bones' Malone, Delfeayo Marsalis, The Yellowjackets, Chip McNeill, Jeff Hamilton, Mike Stern, Marcus Strickland, Tim Warfield, Esperanza Spalding, Steve Wiest, and the United States Air Force Airmen of Note.

Tickets for the Webster Groves student jazz ensembles at The Pageant are $15 for adults, $10 for students and will be available at the door.

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