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Bank of America Youth Jazz Band Competition Set For March 21

Atlanta Jazz Festival - red logoHigh School Jazz Bands Will Compete For Chance To Perform At Festival

Atlanta, GA — “The Atlanta Jazz Festival is committed to the ongoing education of the next generation of jazz musicians,” says Camille Russell Love, Executive Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “Our annual Youth Jazz Band Competition provides a fabulous showcase for young aspiring musicians to compete on a professional level. It also gives them a unique opportunity to earn a performance slot at the festival in Piedmont Park.”

Youth Jazz Band Competiton - photo by Robb D. CohenThe Bank of America Youth Jazz Band Competition will take place on Saturday, March 21 from 9 am to 1:30 pm and is being hosted by the Georgia State University School of Music in their Kopleff Recital Hall.

Competition was open to Georgia Department of Education accredited High Schools (grades 9-12) in all 28 metro Atlanta counties. Bands are competing for a scholarship for their music program, as well as a chance to perform during the Atlanta Jazz Festival in May.

Adjudicators for the Bank of America Youth Jazz Band Competition are Dr. James Patterson, Director of Jazz Studies at Clark Atlanta University & Founder of the CAU Jazz Orchestra; Dr. Chip Crotts, Director of Jazz Studies at Georgia Institute of Technology; and Professor Sam Skelton, Director of Jazz Studies at Kennesaw State University.

Bank of America - logoThe public is welcome to come and enjoy the Youth Jazz Band Competition. The event is free, with seating available on a first come, first served basis.

The 38th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival is presented by the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The festival includes Jazz performances throughout the Atlanta area during the entire month of May, culminating with three days of music in Piedmont Park over Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-24.  For more information visit the festival web site at www.atlantafestivals.com.

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MEDIA Contact: Karen Hatchett, Hatchett PR, karen@hatchettpr.com

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