Jan. 27, 2011
High school jazz bands will compete for trophies and there will be a concert featuring the Reggie Schive Big Band and the Morningside College Jazz Band during the Morningside College Tri-State Jazz Festival on Friday, Feb. 11, and Saturday, Feb. 12, in Eppley Auditorium, 3625 Garretson Ave.
The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, in Eppley Auditorium. Tickets are $5 and will be available from the Morningside College Music Department or at the door.
During the day on Friday and Saturday, jazz bands from more than a dozen high schools in Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska will each perform a 20-minute set. They will be competing for trophies according to their school size, and they also will get feedback during 20-minute educational clinics.
Judges for the jazz festival will be Paul Haar, assistant professor of saxophone and jazz studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; John Kizilarmut, adjunct teaching artist at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and lecturer in music at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa; and Craig Crilly, director of bands at Harlan Community High School in Harlan, Iowa. Clinicians will be David Lambert, assistant professor of music and director of instrumental jazz at Morningside College, and Kevin Linder, adjunct faculty member at Morningside College.
The Reggie Schive Big Band formed in the summer of 2010. It is an outgrowth of the Sioux City Jazz Orchestra. The band is named after an alto saxophone jazz legend and great teacher and band leader from this area.
The Morningside College Jazz Band is an ensemble that performs a variety of jazz music through the use of big band and combos. It is open to any student who wishes to play jazz and improve their improvisation skills. Membership is through audition and/or recommendation.