Edmonds Jazz Connection welcomes the best student musicians in Washington

Saturday, May 26th the Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers and the City of Edmonds will host three venues of award winning jazz music to showcase the talents of student musicians while raising fund to support school music programs.
Apr 30, 2012

The Rotary Club of Edmonds Daybreakers and the City of Edmonds are proud to welcome 22 of the best student jazz music programs from throughout Washington to perform at the Edmonds Jazz Connection on Saturday, May 26.

Three venues throughout downtown Edmonds will feature jazz performances by regional and national award winning student big bands, trios and choirs, as well as an afternoon jam session uniting student and professional musicians for an extraordinary concert.

All venues are open to the public, and are free, though donations to support the event and school music programs are appreciated.

For more than a decade, Edmonds Jazz Connection has kicked off Memorial Day weekend by bringing together talented students, professional musicians and a music loving community in the picturesque waterfront town of Edmonds to showcase the best of local jazz while raising funds to support student music programs.   After a long academic year of practices, performances and touring, our student musicians enjoy the opportunity for a local non-competitive encore performance for their family, friends and neighbors as way to cap off another successful year.

This year, the 22 groups bring with them numerous national and regional awards.

Topping the list are Edmonds Woodway, Mountlake Terrance and Mead High Schools, each selected as Essentially Ellington finalists -the top national honor in high school big-band jazz reserved for the top 15 groups in the nation each year.

The following groups will be performing:

 

Jazz Bands

•             Arlington High School Jazz Bands*

•             College Place Middle School

•             Edmonds Community College

•             Edmonds-Woodway High School*

•             Everett High School

•             Lynnwood High School

•             Mead High School (Spokane)

•             Meadowdale High School

•             Meadowdale Middle School

•             Mountlake Terrace High School

 

Jazz Choirs

•             Cascade High School

•             Edmonds Comm. College Soundsation

•             Edmonds-Woodway High School*

•             King's Middle School

•             Mariner High School*

•             Meadowdale High School*

•             Shorewood High School

 

* Schools with more than 1 group performing

 

Sponsorships & Donations Encouraged

In addition to being a wonderful community event showcasing the talents of student musicians for parents, friends and neighbors, Edmonds Jazz Connection raises funds to support school music programs and students pursing music and education at colleges and trade schools.  Corporate and personal sponsorships as well as donations to the event are appreciated, and can be made by contacting Ron Keimer at (425) 774 - 2466.

 

Edmonds Daybreakers  would like to thank those who've already participated in their fundraising efforts including the Hazel Miller Foundation, and many prominent local patrons of the arts recognized on their website who've enabled them to continue this annual event.

 

More Information

More information including a map of venues and performance schedule (when published) are available online at www.JazzConnection.org.

 

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