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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

March 8, 2012

Northwest Jazz Festival to feature high school, junior high ensembles

Northwest Missouri State University will play host to jazz bands from 13 high schools and three junior high schools Saturday, March 10, when the Northwest Jazz Festival takes place at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building on the Northwest campus.

The festival begins with a noon concert in the Charles Johnson Theater, featuring the Northwest Low Brass Ensemble and trombone soloist Steve Dekker, under the direction of Dr. Ernest Woodruff, professor of music at Northwest. The Northwest Jazz Ensemble also will perform with saxophone soloist Dr. Chris Beaty, director of jazz studies at Eastern New Mexico University, under the direction of Dr. William Richardson, associate professor of music at Northwest. At 12:45 p.m., Beaty will conduct a jazz improvisation clinic.

The festival will conclude with an awards concert at 5 p.m., featuring Beaty and the Northwest Jazz Ensemble performing standard big band music.

Throughout the afternoon, the festival will feature performances by large jazz ensembles and jazz combos in 25-minute time slots. Each jazz ensemble performs for three adjudicators who provide comments and assign ratings in addition to working with each group on stage after their performance. The festival is sanctioned by the state high school activities associations of Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. 

All performances are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Richardson at or 660.562.1316.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468