37th annual jazz festival to be held March 25-26 at Northeast

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by amandab  3/19/2019 9:49:50 AM --  NORFOLK, NE – Thousands of junior and senior high school students representing close to 80 ensembles from approximately 70 schools throughout the region will take part in the annual Jazz Festival at Northeast Community College.

Sponsored by Northeast Community College and the Northeast Area Jazz Ensemble (NAJE), the 37th annual event is a two-day festival set for Monday and Tuesday, March 25-26, in the Cox Activities Center on the Northeast campus in Norfolk.  The festival begins at 7:45 a.m. on Monday and 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday. 

Trophies will be awarded to the top four jazz bands and show choirs and vocal jazz choirs in each of the four levels of competition. Outstanding instrumental and vocal soloists’ trophies will also be presented in each division.

Margaret Schultz, music instructor and festival organizer, invites everyone to share in the experience.

“Each year the festival brings in a variety of talented instrumentalist and vocalists. It is an exciting two days of competition for the student musicians and their directors. It also provides entertainment for other guests. The festival is open to the public, and we extend the invitation to everyone to come to campus to enjoy some great performances from these young musicians coming from small, medium and large schools.”

The Northeast Community College Jazz Festival continues to be one of the few jazz festivals in the Midwest approved by the National Association of Secondary Principals for high school and junior high school participation.  

The festival marks the 37th year to be sponsored by Northeast Area Jazz Ensemble.  NAJE is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting music programs in northeast Nebraska, including scholarships for students who participate in music at Northeast Community College.  

For more information, contact Schultz at (402) 844-7765.

 

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Members of the Elkhorn Valley High School Jazz Band perform during the annual Northeast Community College Jazz Festival in March 2018. This year’s annual event is a two-day festival set for Monday and Tuesday, March 25-26, in the Cox Activities Center on the Northeast campus in Norfolk. The festival begins at 7:45 a.m. on Monday and 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday. 

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