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MTSU Jazz Festival

Individual Student Registration Form / School Group Registration Form

Dear Jazz Education Colleagues,
I'm writing to officially invite you to the 2014 MTSU Jazz Festival on Saturday, April 5th. We are very excited about offering a quality educational experience to the students of the middle Tennessee area.

In the past we have used a very traditional model for our festival. We now offer a unique approach to jazz education, one that is dedicated to offering both junior high and high school students an individual focus on the jazz style and the art of jazz improvisation. With 2 sessions geared toward improvisation and inclusion of the students on a late afternoon concert, it will be of great value to area students interested in furthering their mastery of the jazz style. A master class with one of our jazz faculty members will also be a feature of the day's activities. The beauty of this format is that your whole ensemble need not attend, but are in fact welcome at the same time. Please see the attached poster and registration materials or go to . Also, be aware of our vocal jazz component, with a performance by the MTSU Singers, led by Ashley Kimbrough. Please alert all of your choral education colleagues!! While the cost for individual students for the day is $20, the group/ensemble rate is $200.

Our guest artist, jazz saxophonist John Ellis, is one of the true trend-setters in contemporary jazz. He will present a jazz style clinic at 2:30 and be featured on the 7:30 p.m. concert with MTSU Jazz Ensemble I.
The following is the event schedule:

8:30 Registration/check in/welcome in Hinton Hall
9:00 - 10:15 Jazz Style and Improvisation session #1
10:30 - 11:30 Instrumental Clinic Breakout session
12:00 - 1:15 Pizza lunch with Jazz Ensemble II and guest
1:30 - 2:20 Improvisation session #2
2:30 - 3:20 John Ellis Clinic
4:30 – 5:30 Group rehearsal onstage
7:30 - Concert, MTSU Faculty and Jazz Ensemble I with Special John Ellis.
I looking forward to seeing you at the festival!
Jamey Simmons
Director of Jazz Studies
Middle Tennessee State University
School of Music
615 898 2724!/jameysimmons