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Jazz Ensemble at UMD Jazz Festival
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Thursday, April 12, 2018
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The Washburn High School Jazz Ensemble participated in the 45th annual
“Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival” hosted by the University of Minnesota-Duluth
on Saturday, March 17th. The Festival features a non-competitive, positive
learning experience for young jazz ensembles and concludes with an outstanding
concert with guest artist, saxophone soloist Jeff Coffin. The jazz ensemble
performed three selections during their 40 minute session and were critiqued by
two outstanding clinicians. The students also attended master classes for their
specific instruments or sections, observed other high school jazz ensembles and
attended the finale concert with the guest artist, UMD Jazz I and the Jazz
Festival All-Star Combo. This is a positive, learning oriented approach, which
is the hallmark of the “Head of the Lakes” Festival. No hype, no trophies or
defeats; just jazz music, hard work and fun learning for the students!

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