Top high school jazz musicians perform at UW-Superior
The University of Wisconsin-Superior hosted many of the best high school jazz musicians from throughout the Northland for the Tri State Jazz Festival on Thursday, Oct. 13.
“It’s a really fun event, and it’s not just me saying that,” said Dr. Gregory Moore, UW-Superior associate professor of Music and Jazz Program Director. “Everyone involved feels the students grow a lot from the experience at the festival and have a lot of fun.”
Originally a part of the Tri State Band Festival, which will take place Oct. 20 at UW-Superior, the Jazz Band became its own event in 2007, and typically draws nearly 50 students from throughout the Northland and Twin Cities area. This year featured students from 16 different schools – a record for the event.
Beginning at 10 a.m., students rehearsed with Dr. Moore and guest clinician Randy Lee, the founder, artistic director and featured woodwind soloist of the Big Time Jazz Orchestra. The afternoon featured a clinic by Lee featuring recordings of inspirational jazz artists performing various instruments.
The day concluded with a public concert at 7 p.m. in Thorpe Langley Auditorium. The UW-Superior Jazz Ensemble opened the performance followed by the high school students.