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Jazz Ensemble Places Third in Savannah Swing Central Jazz Festival!

Congratulations to Mr. De Leon and the students in the Jazz Ensemble for their third Place finish in the Savannah Swing Central Jazz Festival this past weekend. Under the direction of Mr. De Leon, this is again our highest placement in this prestigious jazz music competition, which includes a $1,000 cash prize.

Each year only 12 of the best high school jazz ensembles from across the nation are chosen to attend the festival based upon a recorded audition.  Besides the competitive portion of the program, the festival included one-and-a-half days of intensive clinics with many of today’s best contemporary jazz musicians and educators.

The legendary Marcus Roberts, Director of Swing Central Jazz, lead a star-studded cast of professional musicians and clinicians, including Wycliffe Gordon, Rodney Whitaker, Jason Marsalis, Bill Kennedy and Etienne Charles, to name but a few.

There was also an outdoor performance on River Street in Savannah to a welcoming crowd of jazz music enthusiasts.

 

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