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Berklee high school jazz festival offers concerts, scholarships

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  February 29, 2012 06:16 PM

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By Johanna Kaiser, Town Correspondent

High school musicians from across North America are set to show off their skills as jazz musicians at Berklee College of Music’s High School Jazz Festival.

The school’s 44th annual festival is the largest high school jazz festival in the country and will host 3,000 musicians and 200 bands from 13 US states and Ontario, Canada.

Bands will perform throughout the day Saturday, March 10, and students will be able to participate in various musical clinics led by Berklee alumni.

For fans of local musicians, students from the City Music High School Academy, a music program for high school students in Boston Cambridge, Chelsea, and Somerville will perform in jazz, rock, and vocal ensembles. Berklee student groups, Tower of Power Ensemble and P-Funk Ensemble will also perform.

Student at the festival will be competing for $175,000 in scholarships to Berklee’s five week Summer Performance Program, and will also be recognized for musicianship. Bands compete for recognition in three categories, large ensembles, combo ensembles, and vocal jazz ensembles.

At last year’s festival, bands and students from a number of Massachusetts schools were honored for their performances including, Fenway's Boston Arts Academy, Plymouth South High School, and Old Rochester Regional High School.

All of the concerts are free and open to the public and will be hosted at the Hynes Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Award winners will be announced at 6 p.m.
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