(The following information comes from the Agoura High music website)
Both the Studio Jazz & Jazz “A” ensembles from Agoura High School, under the guidance of Chad Bloom and Robert Hackett, have been selected to perform at “Swing Central Jazz” in Savannah, GA. This marks the third year in a row that both the AHS Studio Jazz & Jazz “A” ensembles have been selected to attend this national event for public high schools. Since the festival’s creation in 2008, Agoura High has represented California in this competition.
“This is a great accomplishment and start to the year, but it is just the beginning of the hard work that we are optimistically looking forward to for the Jazz bands and the entire AHS Music program,” said Bloom.
Swing Central Jazz is a three-day workshop and competition that will take place from March 25-27 with a collective approach to big band jazz instruction. Led by pianist/composer/educator Marcus Roberts, the clinician team includes a wide range of jazz educators such as Wycliffe Gordon, Jason Marsalis, Jim Ketch (Associate Director), Rodney Whitaker and Ron Westray.
As part of the competition portion of the festival, each group in attendance will prepare three required big band charts: “Invitation” by Bronislaw Kaper, “Don’t Get Sassy” by Thad Jones, and “Whirlybird” arranged by Neal Hefti for the Count Basie Orchestra. One of this year’s featured pieces, “Invitation” was arranged by trumpeter/composer and member of Jazz @ Lincoln Center, Marcus Printup. Each group at the festival will compete for the Bob & Jean Faircloth Award and a check for $5,000.
In addition to the workshop and competition, the AHS bands and 10 other high schools from across the country will perform in the historic streets of Savannah, GA. featuring big bands and Jazz combos performing with guest mentors from the festival.
“Achievements like this happen only when you have a healthy, vibrant music culture in our public schools,” said parent Laura Moss. “Congratulations to Mr. Bloom, Mr. Hackett and the members of studio Jazz and Jazz ‘A.'”
For more information about Swing Central Jazz, go to www.savannahmusicfestival.org/swingcentraljazz/