About the Festival:
Sun Prairie JazzFest is the annual, non-competitive jazz festival hosted by Sun Prairie High School Jazz Bands. We are proud to announce it has been named an Essentially Ellington Regional Festival!
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SUN PRAIRIE JAZZFEST NEWS:
24th Annual Sun Prairie / Essentially Ellington Regional Jazz Festival a success!!
Our 24th annual jazz festival may have been one of the busiest and most educational yet. The morning featured high school jazz ensemblees from around the state in clinic and concert. Meanwhile, Reggie Thomas instructed a group of Educators and Music Education students in the ways of teaching improvisation and rhythm section techniques to middle school students. A demonstration rhythm section from Cardinal Heights participated and led to a valuable session that was filmed by and experienced Wisconsin Public Television crew and will be available soon on their website.
The afternoon featured masterclasses on all instruments followed by a performance and Q & A session with the MVP Quartet featuring Bobby Watson on alto, Ray Drummond, bass; Marvin "Smitty" Smith on Drums and Donald Brown on piano. The quartet sounded great and they had a relaxed and welcoming style in the Q & A where students asked some great questions.
The evening featured festival bands and their guest artist followed by a combo set that featured each one of our guest clinicians for the day. The night ended with a blues followed immediately by a standing ovation. There were also $1500 given out in Jazz Camp scholarships to both Birch Creek and Shell Lake camps.
A great and busy day!
Sun Prairie JazzFest - 2017 Schedule and Information
Saturday February 18, 2017 - Schedule of Events:
CLICK HERE for the full 2017 Schedule
8:30 - noon, HS Jazz Clinics (PAC & Band Room)
Noon - 1:30, Lunch (Schey Commons)
12:45 - 1:20, Jam Session (Orchestra Room)
1:30 - 2:20, Improvisation Masterclasses
2:30 - 3:30, Special Guest Performance – MVP Quartet - Performing Arts Center Bobby Watson – Saxophone
Ray Drummond – Bass
Marvin “Smitty” Smith – Drums
Donald Brown - Piano
3:30 - 4:10, Evening Band rehearse w/ guest soloists
7:00pm - Evening Concert
$7/adults, $5/students, $3/seniors -
Tickets for the 7pm finale concert are on sale now at www.SPPerformingarts.org
For over 25 years, the Sun Prairie Jazz Festival evening Concert has showcased jazz bands from around the state and musician/educators from around the country.
Sun Prairie JazzFest - Band Director Academy
GUEST CLINICIAN: Reggie Thomas, Northern Illinois University
Saturday, February 18, 2017, 9am - noon
Sun Prairie High School
(Sponsored by the Sun Prairie Band Boosters, WMEA, and Jazz at Lincoln Center)
This year's workshop will be filmed for a special to appear on Wisconsin Public Television's 'Young Artist' series" As a result we will need all participants to sign the RELEASE FORM in advance of the session in order to attend. Thanks for your help and we look forward to a great session on teaching younger students in the big band setting.
As of 1/12/17 Wisconsin Public Television has offerd to pay for registration for anyone who wishes to attend. So there will be no registration fee for anyone to get this great instruction.
3 hour workshop that address both teaching improvisation to young students in the big band setting as well as techniques to help a young rhythm section.
This Workshop will be run concurrently with the Sun Prairie High School Jazz Festival, an official, regional “Essentially Ellington” festival as sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center.
QUESTIONS? Contact Steve Sveum,
REGISTRATION: Registration Deadline is February 10, 2017,
Go to our Webform & send payment & RELEASE FORM to address below:
Sun Prairie Jazz Festival
Band Director Academy
c/o Steve Sveum
888 Grove Street
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin 53590