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Patel Conservatory presents Straz Student Jazz Festival
Patel Conservatory presents Straz Student Jazz Festival

Tampa, Florida-- Student jazz ensembles have a terrific opportunity coming up at the Patel Conservatory at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, as the nonprofit arts organization will present the Straz Student Jazz Festival on Saturday, April 13.

Student jazz ensembles from the Tampa Bay area will improvise and jam together throughout the day in workshops led by jazz professionals T.J. Glowacki, James Crumbly, Jr., Butch Thomas, Valerie Gillespie, Dave Rudolph and Noah Bellamy, who is trombonist for K.C. and the Sunshine Band. Band clinics will be led by Chris DeLeon, and Frank Williams.

The Straz Student Jazz Festival will culminate in a free and exciting jazz concert by students and professional musicians, open to the public, on the Riverwalk at the Straz Center at 4 p.m. Also open to the public for participation during the Straz Student Jazz Festival will be a workshop for sectionals, from 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Pre-registration for the workshop is required by calling 813.222.1002 by April 11; a $15 registration fee will apply. To participate in the Festival, email Deborah Lynch at Deborah.Lynch@strazcenter.org for a registration packet.

Goals of the festival include: to further develop the sense of community among school jazz ensembles; give middle and high school ensembles the opportunity to work and perform together; invite students to observe and give students performance opportunities.

“This jazz festival is a wonderful opportunity to host some of the best music programs that our community’s schools have to offer and to showcase their talents, as well as provide them with outstanding musical educational opportunities,” said Wendy Leigh, vice president of education at the Straz Center. “These students will work with the best and play with the best. It’s going to be a magical day with a once in a lifetime performance out by the Hillsborough River, culminating with these young musicians attending the Monterey Jazz Festival in the Ferguson Hall. The student jazz festival is a great example of what the Straz and Patel are made for and is really a great way to share our resources with our arts students and educators in the community!”

The not-for-profit Straz Center is committed to arts education as an essential part of its mission, and the fully accredited Patel Conservatory makes it all happen. Each year, the lives of more than 50,000 children are enriched in classrooms, on stages and through outreach programs. The conservatory offers classes in dance, music and theater for students of all experience levels, as well as summer camps. More info at www.patelconservatory.org.  

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