Area schools to participate in Wisconsin Lutheran College Jazz Festival

Date Posted: December 10, 2009

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MILWAUKEE – High school and junior high school instrumentalists and their directors will attend Wisconsin Lutheran College's ninth annual Jazz Festival January 15-17, 2010. This event culminates in a joint performance of the high school ensembles at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 17 in the Schwan Concert Hall. Tickets to the festival concert are free, but seating is limited.

As part of the Jazz Festival, the Skeleton Crew will perform a guest artist concert in the Schwan Concert Hall on Saturday, January 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the Skeleton Crew concert are $10.

Reserve tickets to either concert by calling the Wisconsin Lutheran College box office at (414) 443-8802. The Schwan Concert Hall is located in the college's Center for Arts and Performance; 8815 W. Wisconsin Avenue.

For the first time, the Wisconsin Lutheran College Jazz Festival will be a Woody Herman Jazz Scholarship event.

Participating Wisconsin high schools in the 2010 Jazz Festival are Lakeside Lutheran High School (Lake Mills), Luther High School (Onalaska), Luther Preparatory School (Watertown), Manitowoc Lutheran High School (Manitowoc), and Shoreland Lutheran High School (Somers).

Participating area junior high schools are Lincoln Center of the Arts (Milwaukee) and Templeton Middle School (Sussex).

Ensembles participating in the jazz festival will take part in performance clinics and master classes with members of the Milwaukee jazz community. Clinicians for the high school ensembles include Kaye Berigan (trumpet and jazz improvisation), Jeff LaBarg (saxophone), Matt Schlomer (honors jazz ensemble), Steve Zenz (rhythm section), and two trombonists from the Skeleton Crew. Clinicians for the middle school ensembles will be Jordan Beckman (trumpet), Kaye Berigan (jazz improvisation), Randy Hake (trombone), Matt Schlomer (saxophone), and Peter Treuden (rhythm section).

Since 1996, the Wisconsin Lutheran College Center for Arts and Performance has been home to a comprehensive program of performing and visual arts and educational and community events for students and the people of southeastern Wisconsin.