Some of the best high school jazz musicians in the Northland are brought together for one day each fall for the Tri-State Honor Jazz Ensemble Festival held at the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Superior.
Students spend the day working with music faculty and guest clinicians. In the evening they participate in a concert that features them and the UW-Superior Jazz Ensemble.
For more information about the Tri-State Honor Jazz Ensemble Festival, contact the Music Department.
David Hagedorn is an Artist in Residence in the Music Department at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, where he teaches percussion, jazz studies, and world music. He served as director of jazz studies at UW-Superior until 1997 when he assumed his current position at St. Olaf. In June 2011, Downbeat magazine deemed St. Olaf Jazz I to be the “Best Undergraduate Large Jazz Ensemble” in the 34th annual student awards. This band had a very successful cultural exchange tour of Cuba in March of 2016. He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, and the University of Minnesota. Hagedorn has an album, “Solid/Liquid” on the Artegra label in SACD format released in October of 2003, and a duo album with pianist Dan Cavanagh (a St. Olaf alum), “Horizon,” released in December of 2010. Most recently released in April 2014, is a recording with the Chris Bates Good Vibes Trio. He has recorded with the George Russell Living Time Orchestra on Blue Note Recordings (nominated for a Grammy award), jazz singer Debbie Duncan on Igmod Recordings, Brian Setzer Big Band, Pete Whitman X-tet, Phil Hey Quartet, the Out to Lunch Quintet, and also with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra on Teldec Recordings. Hagedorn regularly performs in the Twin Cities with groups such as the Phil Hey Quartet, JazzMn, and Chris Bates Good Vibes Trio. On the classical side of music, he also has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, Vocal Essence, Cantus, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the Grand Teton Festival Orchestra.