Jazz Houston presents Texas Regional Jazz Band Festival
Jazz Houston’s Artistic Director, Vincent Gardner, will host the Essentially Ellington Jazz Band Regional Festival. The festival will include clinics, master classes, jam sessions, a music and financial literacy seminar to provide information to students for their professional careers; Band Directors & Essentially Ellington Clinicians’ Luncheon; an Awards Ceremony for the students competing in Outstanding Solo and Section Playing.
Topping the evening off will be a concert featuring special guest saxophonist Walter Blanding (formerly with Wynton Marsalis), trombonist Vincent Gardner (lead trombonist with Wynton Marsalis and Artistic/Education Director of Jazz Houston); Rodney Whitaker (Director of Jazz Studies, Michigan State, former bassist with Wynton Marsalis and Roy Hargrove); Brian Perez (Director of Jazz Studies, TSU); and the Texas Southern University Jazz Ensemble.
Students from the following high schools are participating: James Bowie, Southlake Carroll, Del Rio, Kinder HSPVA, Lamar, Magnolia, Plano West, Temple, and Waltrip.