Jazz, jazz and more fine jazz at Northrop's annual festival! - February 27, 2006
Northrop Instrumental Music Department will hold its 18th annual Northrop Jazz Festival on Saturday, March 11 at Northrop High School. The Jazz Festival includes a day session featuring many of the top high school jazz bands in the state of Indiana, as well as several excellent local middle school jazz bands. The evening session features the top two honor bands from the day session, the Northrop Jazz Band I, and the featured guest artist performance. The Northrop Jazz Festival has traditionally attracted the top jazz bands in the state of Indiana and the Fort Wayne area. The success of the local jazz bands has made northeast Indiana a center for outstanding high school jazz music. High schools performing in this year's jazz festival include Northrop, Dekalb, Leo, South Side, North Side and Snider from the area, as well as bands traveling to Fort Wayne from Merrillville, Tipton, and Elkhart Central. Also, Memorial Park and other middle school jazz bands will perform. The Northrop Jazz Festival day session will run approximately from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The guest artist clinic featuring Roxanne Stevenson will start around 4:30 p.m. The evening concert will follow the clinic with a projected starting time of 5:30 p.m. and include exhibition performances of the top two high school honor bands from the day session, the Northrop Jazz 1 band and Roxanne Stevenson and the Chicago State University Community Jazz Band.
Community Jazz Band was founded in 1992 by Associate Professor Roxanne Stevenson as an answer to the need for music reading sessions for local musicians. The Community Concert and Jazz Bands began with five musicians playing their major instrument for one ensemble and their secondary instrument for the other. In all, the two ensembles have had over 300 participants of all ages, and have performed hundreds of selections from the standard repertoire. Roxanne Stevenson is Associate Professor of Music Education and Director of Bands at Chicago State University. A Saxophonist, she currently performs with Singsation, a weekly gospel music show that is aired internationally. Among the many artists with whom she has performed are Bernie Mac, Vickie Winans, Jean Carnes, Cherelle, and the Ch-Lites. As a soloist, she has been featured with Chicago's Gospel on the Pier, WGN's Gospel Heritage, Fox Television's Christmas Special For Colored Girls WGN, and the Chicago Jazz festival. In 1999, she was recognized as a saxophonist/educator by the Absolute Winds of Change, the First Annual Tribute to Chicago's African-American Women in Jazz. Northrop Jazz Festival day show tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students. Evening concert ticket prices are $10 for adults and $7 for students. Tickets will be available at the door the day of the Jazz Festival. For more information, contact Barry Ashton, Northrop High School Music Department Chairman at 260/467-2392. The school is located at 7001 Coldwater Road.