Lots of rain and lots of high school students were projected for March 1 at Vanguard University. The 2014 Jazz and Guitar Festivals hosted more than 200 high school students for workshops, performances and jam sessions.
Each year, Vanguard’s music department invites high school students to participate in the annual Jazz Festival. This year, alongside the Jazz Festival, the music department offered a guitar festival as a separate option for high school students. Both festivals featured world-class musicians that led workshops, acted as judges and gave performances.
For the Jazz Festival, the day included a brass workshop with Josh Welchez, a rhythm workshop with Mark Converse, and a sax and woodwinds workshop with Vince Hizon. At the end of the day, students gathered at Newport Mesa Church for a closing concert that featured Vanguard’s Jazz Ensemble and an awards presentation. After the concert, there was an optional session for students interested in learning more about attending Vanguard University, along with open auditions for Vanguard’s music program.
For the Guitar Festival, the day included group and individual rehearsals along with various breakout sessions and a final concert. Renowned musicians such as Vladamir Gorbach, Joel Valiente and David Grimes, who was also the guest conductor leading the joint rehearsals, led the masterclass sessions. Meanwhile, renowned musicians Greg Glancey and David Isaacs led lectures during the breakout sessions. The Guitar Festival ended with a closing concert held in Needham Chapel, which brought together all 160 participants for a final joint performance after the group recitals. It was “less about competition and more about joining together,” Tiffany Rogan, the coordinator of music events and concert operations, said.
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