Friday, March 16, 2012

Jazz Competition on Campus

Dr. Anyson Banks

Omaha South Senior Combo

On Wednesday, March, 14, I visited the Peru State College Theater to check out the 39 Annual Jazz Festival, which brought a dozen High School Bands to the college.

I enjoyed watching the various groups, from Auburn to Gretna, from Elmwood to Omaha South.

And after each school performed its fifteen minute set, Dr. Anysn Banks, this year's clinician and a member of the Jazz Division at the University of Lousiville, offered the band members a friendly yet incisive critique, often playing either the piano or the trumpet with the groups to help them improve.

The slide show will give you an idea about the Jazz Festival and Dr. Banks' helpful
involvement with the young musicians.

And you can learn more about Anysn Banks, listen to him play trumpet, and even purchase a CD or Dr. Banks' book, Trumpet Synthesis: Blending Jazz Style with Classical Technique.

The competition ran from eight in the morning until six that night, featuring two performances of PSC's Hoyt Street Jazz

Elkorn South Senior Jazz Band earned highest marks for the day by a slim margin over a band I did manage to record, The Omaha South Senior High Jazz Combo.

The video contains three pieces, one each in order of presentation by Bellevue West Senior School Jazz Band, the Omaha South Senior High School Jazz Combo, and The Hoyt Street Jazz Ensemble.

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