St. Charles West Jazz Invitational
April 5, 2014
We are pleased to invite you to the re-launch of the St. Charles West Jazz Invitational to be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014. The St. Charles West Band has partnered with St. Charles Community College to host this highly educational, non-competitive event. The festival will be held at St. Charles West High School and will be open to High School and Middle School Big Bands and Combos. Featured performing group will be the SCC Jazz Faculty Sextet, Directed by Dave Dickey.
St. Charles Community College Jazz Sextet
Dave Dickey – Trombone, Director
Keith Moyer – Trumpet
Carolbeth True – Piano
Randy Bahr – Guitar
Eric Warren – Bass
Kevin Gianino – Drums
Special Guest Presenter
Arthur White, Director of Jazz Studies – University of Missouri
The new format will feature a 30 minute stage performance, followed by a 30 minute clinic with a professional jazz musician. Adjudicators will provide voice comments, outstanding solo recognitions and a rating of 3 – Proficient, 2 – Excellent, or 1 – Superior. Plaques or certificates will be awarded to mark your bands accomplishment. In addition to your performance, master classes from area jazz educators and performers will be scheduled throughout the day.
As with any festival, our primary goal is to make certain the musical groups in attendance are provided with a high quality, educational experience. For many years, the St. Charles West Jazz Invitational was a regular date for Missouri and Illinois High School Jazz Bands. Due to unfortunate conflicts, the event was not held in 2013. Our hope is that the establishment of a new format along with our partnership with St. Charles Community College will provide both a positive and enjoyable event for all students involved and a new lasting tradition.
The application is available Now - just click the Begin Application button below. Due to limited performance venues we ask that you apply early. In the event our enrollment exceeds capacity, a waiting list will be used.
Enrollment Fees: $250.00 First Big Band
$175.00 Additional Big Band
$125.00 Combos not exceeding 9 performers.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Have a great winter break and we hope to see you on April 5th!