NORFOLK – Talented junior and senior high school students will be put on full display during the 40th annual Jazz Festival in late March.
According to a release from Northeast Community College, thousands of students will make up close to 80 ensembles from approximately 50 schools across Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.
The annual Jazz Festival at Northeast Community College will be on Monday and Tuesday, March 28 – 29 in the Cox Activities Center on the Northeast campus in Norfolk.
Sponsored by Northeast Community College and started by the Northeast Area Jazz Ensemble in 1982, the Jazz Festival lasts over two days. The event begins at 7:35 a.m. on Monday and 8:35 a.m. on Tuesday.
From show and vocal jazz choirs to jazz bands featuring levels I through IV will all be showcased.
Nebraska schools represented will be Allen, Aquinas Catholic, Auburn, Aurora, Bishop Neumann, Blair, Bloomfield, Brownell-Talbot, Centennial, Columbus High, Dundy County-Stratton, Elkhorn Valley, Fairbury, Fremont, Grand Island, Hartington Cedar Catholic, Hartington-Newcastle, Holdrege, Homer, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge, Millard North, Minden, Nebraska City, Norris, Norfolk Catholic, Norfolk High, Omaha Central, Ord, Papillion La Vista South, Pender, Pierce, Ponca, Seward, South Sioux City, Stanton, Wausa, Wilber-Clatonia and York.
Trophies will be awarded to the top four jazz bands, show choirs and vocal jazz choirs in each of the four levels of competition. Outstanding instrumental and vocal soloists’ trophies will also be presented in each division.
Music instructor and festival organizer Margaret Schultz stated each year the festival brings in a variety of talented instrumentalist and vocalists. It is an exciting two days of competition for the student musicians and their directors. It also provides entertainment for other guests.
The festival is open to the public as everyone is invited to enjoy great performances from young musicians coming from small, medium and large schools across the tri-state region.
The Northeast Community College Jazz Festival continues to be one of the few jazz festivals in the Midwest approved by the National Association of Secondary Principals for high school and junior high school participation.
For more information, contact Schultz at 402-844-7765.