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JAS Honor Band will stage free performance

Staff report

A group of talented young jazz musicians are headed to Carbondale this weekend for the JAS District Eight Honor Jazz Band, sponsored by Jazz Aspen Snowmass. Taking place Friday and Saturday at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale, the event showcases over 100 middle and high school student musicians and vocalists representing multiple schools from throughout the District (Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Waldorf, Eagle, New Castle, Palisade, Steamboat Springs, Summit County, Granby and Rifle).

Over the two days they will participate in intensive jazz training, including instructional workshops and rehearsals, with a faculty of professional musicians provided by JAS.

The weekend culminates in free performance at Roaring Fork High School on Saturday at 5 p.m. featuring these the student-faculty ensemble’s first live show.

“The Honor Jazz program offers a great opportunity for students to meet other like-minded musicians and form friendships that last for years,” Andrea Beard, Jazz Aspen senior vice president, said in an announcement. “JAS is extremely proud to be able to support the growth of the student musicianship and overall understanding and appreciation of jazz.”

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