For 30 years the Sun Prairie Jazz Festival has been inspiring student musicians. February 18, 2023 was a celebration of both the history and future of this festival. Clinicians included Michael Brenneis - drums, Katie Ernst - bass, Dave Hammond - drums, Kellin Hanas, trumpet, Steve Horne - trombone, Jim Piela- saxophone, Marty Robinson - trumpet, Chris, Rottmayer - piano, Lauren Sevian - saxophone, Reggie Thomas - piano, Dan Wallach - saxophone. 16 bands and over 350 students joined us from Sun Prairie, Brookfield, Columbus, Concord, Il, Fond du Lac, Menomonee Falls, Middleton, Waunakee, and West DePere.
Jazz Ensemble I has been selected as 1 of 15 finalist bands to participate in the Essentially Ellington Festival May 11-13 in New York. We are so excited to have these students make their mark on our program and perform in New York at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
This marks the 14th time that Sun Prairie Jazz has participated as a finalist band.