On Saturday, March 5, from 9am to 5pm, Vanguard University will host the Vanguard University Jazz Festival, an event providing an opportunity for jazz bands to be adjudicated by world-class, professional musicians and perform at a college venue where they will also be introduced to Vanguard’s renowned Department of Music and the university’s jazz director, Dr. Ken Foerch.
The festival, which is open to students in grades 6-12, will feature a variety of schools, including Arrowhead Christian Academy, Linfield Christian School, Brethren Christian School, West Valley Christian High School and Santa Fe Christian School. While each school will be competing with each other for awards, they will also have the opportunity to learn from professionals during jazz clinics and workshops.
“We are excited to share a little piece of Vanguard with the local junior high and high school communities and hope they will come away from this festival excited and anticipating their future both academically and musically,” says Coordinator of Music Events and Concert Operations, Luke Baumgartner.
As an exciting finale to the festival, the Vanguard University Jazz Ensemble will be performing at Newport Mesa Church at 4pm for an “Evening of Jazz” – a free event that will be open to the public and to the entire Vanguard community.
“The jazz festival is going to be great,” says Baumgartner. “When you get this many quality jazz musicians together there is something cool that happens. The music and love for music really forms a great community and some of the relationships made at this festival will last musicians their entire professional careers.”
For further information on the Department of Music or on the Vanguard University Jazz Festival, please visit www.vanguard.edu/music