KUSD Fine Arts and Band Boosters to present jazz festival Nov. 17

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The Kenosha Unified School District (KUSD) Department of Fine Arts and Kenosha Band Boosters will again present the Annual Jazz Festival on Saturday, November 17th, at Tremper High School (8560 – 26th Avenue) at 7 pm.

The public is welcome to attend all activities leading up to the evening performance. Tickets for the evening performance are $4 for students/senior citizens, $5 for adults, and $10 for a family pass. Tickets will be available at the door.

Festival activities begin Friday afternoon at 4 pm as nine high school jazz ensembles appear in performance/clinic sessions with guest artists. The event resumes Saturday at 8 am at Tremper where five middle school jazz ensembles will appear in performance/clinic sessions. Each band will work with a team of clinicians who are outstanding jazz artists/educators from southeastern Wisconsin, Fred Strum and José Encarnación. The day’s activities will conclude with an evening public performance. The concert will feature jazz bands and KUSD’s alumni/staff band.

This year’s guest artists are Fred Sturm and José Encarnación. Fred Sturm is the director of jazz and improvisational music at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, in Appleton. He serves as guest conductor/composer/ arranger for professional jazz ensembles and radio orchestras in Germany, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Scotland, and Norway. Sturm’s compositions and arrangements have been performed by jazz ensembles, symphony orchestras, wind ensembles, and chamber groups worldwide. A 1997 Grammy Award nominee, his music is published and in great demand. His concert suite Migrations, One World, Many Musics, features indigenous music from 21 countries and was premiered by vocalist Bobby McFerrin and the NDR Big Band in Germany in 2007, and he subsequently toured Europe.

José L. Encarnación leads jazz improvisation classes, coaches jazz small groups, teaches applied jazz saxophone, and coordinates the jazz performance program at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. He has performed jazz, salsa, and Latin music with the Bob Mintzer Big Band, Dave Rivello Ensemble, Gilberto Santarosa, Roberto Rohena, Bobby Valentin, Domingo Quinones, Israel “Cachao” Lopez, Tito Puente, Danilo Perez, Dave Valentin, Giovanni Hidalgo, Batacumbele, Humberto Ramirez, and David Sanchez. His pops performances include appearances with the Temptations, Dianne Reeves, Natalie Cole, Doc Severinsen, Lou Rawls, and the symphony orchestras of Milwaukee, Green Bay, and Rochester, New York.

The festival is organized and coordinated by KUSD Coordinator of Fine Arts Robert B. Wells and sponsored through generous donations from Hansen’s Pool & Spa, and Baquacil Pool Care Systems. KUSD Band directors involved are Paul Taylor, Bradford High School; John Nepper, Harborside Academy; Kenneth Wiele, Indian Trail High School & Academy; Louis Covelli, Tremper High School; Mike Monk, Bullen Middle School; Kathryn Ripley, Lance Middle School; Jeremy Kriedeman, Lincoln Middle School; Katie Poole, Mahone Middle School; and Lucas Dickinson, Washington Middle School.

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