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FEBRUARY 10, 2014

Music Department hosts 23rd Annual Jazz Festival

Jazz bands from schools across Southeast Missouri will come together to perform in the Tinnin Center as Three Rivers College hosts its 23rd Annual Jazz Festival on Feb. 13 and 15. The shows will be at 7 p.m., and admission is free.

Performing both nights of the Festival will be the Three Rivers College Jazz Band, and guest clinician Steve Williams, Director of Bands at Windsor High School in Imperial, Missouri. Williams will be on hand to help give extra coaching to local bands wanting to participate in competitive performances.

Also performing on Feb. 13 will be the Poplar Bluff Junior and Senior High School bands, the Dexter High School band, the Sikeston High School band, the Jefferson R-7 Junior and Senior High bands, and the Charleston High School band.

The Saturday, Feb. 15 performance will feature the Southeast All-District Jazz Band, which consists of the best high school jazz musicians in Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) District 10.

"We're incredibly excited to have all these young men and women coming to play here," said William White, Instructor of Music at Three Rivers and director of the college's Jazz Band. "Not only do we get to bring in over 200 of the best young jazz musicians in the area, but we also get to help them prepare for upcoming competitions in a more relaxed atmosphere."

People wanting more information on the 23nd Annual Jazz Festival, or those interested in participating in next year's performance, can call the Three Rivers College Music Department at 573-840-9639.
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