Atlanta Jazz Festival Announces Youth Jazz Band Competition Set For March 21



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Atlanta Jazz Festival Announces Youth Jazz Band Competition Set For March 21
High School Jazz Bands Invited To Compete For Chance To Perform At Festival
Atlanta, GA --- “The Atlanta Jazz Festival is committed to the ongoing education of the next generation of jazz musicians,” says Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “Our annual Youth Jazz Band Competition provides a fabulous showcase for young aspiring musicians to compete on a professional level. It also gives them a unique opportunity to earn a performance slot at the festival in Piedmont Park.”

The Atlanta Jazz Festival Youth Jazz Band Competition will take place on Saturday, March 21 from 9 am to 4 pm and is being hosted by the Georgia State University School of Music in their Kopleff Recital Hall. Lunch will be provided for participants and their Band Leaders. The deadline to register for the competition is February 20 at 5 pm. Interested High School bands should email JAGrant@AtlantaGa.Gov to request an application, or they can go to the web site and download the form here: http://atlantafestivals.com/events/youth-jazz-band-competition/.

Competition is open to Georgia Department of Education accredited High Schools (grades 9-12) in all 28 metro Atlanta counties. The first 10 bands that register will be allowed to compete. Bands will be competing for a scholarship for their music program, as well as a chance to perform during the Atlanta Jazz Festival in May.

Adjudicators for the Atlanta Jazz Festival Youth Jazz Band Competition are Dr. James Patterson, Director of Jazz Studies at Clark Atlanta University & Founder of the CAU Jazz Orchestra; Dr. Chip Crotts, Director of Jazz Studies at Georgia Institute of Technology; and Sam Skelton, Director of Jazz Studies at Kennesaw State University.

The public is welcome to come and enjoy the Youth Jazz Band Competition. The event is free, with seating available on a first come, first served basis.

The 38th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival is presented by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The festival includes Jazz performances throughout the Atlanta area during the entire month of May, culminating with three days of music in Piedmont Park over Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-24.  For more information visit the festival web site at www.atlantafestivals.com. 



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