40th Annual Jazz Festival planned at Northeast Community College | News

Thousands of junior and senior high school students representing nearly 80 ensembles from approximately 50 schools in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota will participate in the annual Jazz Festival at Northeast Community College.

Sponsored by Northeast Community College and started by the Northeast Area Jazz Ensemble in 1982, the 40th annual event is a two-day festival taking place Monday and Tuesday March 28 and 29 at the Cox Activities Center on Northeast Campus in Norfolk. The festival starts at 7:35 a.m. on Monday and 8:35 a.m. on Tuesday.

Trophies will be awarded to the top four performing jazz bands and choirs and vocal jazz choirs in each of the four levels of competition. Trophies for outstanding instrumental and vocal soloists will also be awarded in each division.

Margaret Schultz, music teacher and festival organizer, invites everyone to share the experience.

“Each year, the festival attracts a variety of talented instrumentalists and singers. This is an exciting two days of competition for student musicians and their managers. It also offers entertainment for other guests. The festival is open to the public and we invite everyone to come to the campus to enjoy the superb performances of these young musicians from small, medium and large schools.

The Northeast Community College Jazz Festival continues to be one of the few jazz festivals in the Midwest approved by the National Association of Secondary Principals for high school and college attendance.

For more information, contact Schultz at 402-844-7765.

Willie J. Johnson