• High school bands invited to national music festival


    Shelby County School's Central High School Jazz Band and the Overton High School Blue Jazz Ensemble have been invited to take part in the ninth annual Swing Central Jazz High School Jazz Band Competition & Workshop. As part of the 2014 Savannah Music Festival, this event will feature 12 of the nation's top high school jazz bands. The Savannah Music Festival will take place March 26, 27, and 28 in Savannah, GA.

    Students will work with jazz masters, perform in showcases on Savannah's River Street, play in competition rounds and attend a variety of performances.

    "We are excited to welcome some of America's finest young jazz musicians and their band directors to Swing Central Jazz in March," said Marcus Roberts, Associate Artistic Director for the Savannah Music Festival. "Their hard work and dedication has brought them this far and we look forward to working with them to unlock some of the perceived mysteries of this great art form."

    Bands participating in this year's jazz program will have an opportunity to compete for $13,000 in cash awards. On March 27, all bands perform in public showcases at Rousakis Plaza on River Street in Savannah.

    On March 27-28, select combos perform on Reynolds Square. Competition rounds take place all day on March 28 at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts. These competitions will be streamed online.

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