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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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 NEWS:
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 2018 - Band Director Academy
GUEST CLINICIAN: Reggie Thomas, Northern Illinois University
10-noon, Location – Rm. 2145
Open Discussion about teaching jazz in the public schools:
Reggie will lead a discussion to help tackle some of the big issues - teaching improvisation in the large group setting, rhythm section techniques, how to form combos, choosing good/age appropriate literature, resources, scheduling, etc...
QUESTIONS? Contact Steve Sveum,