Hutchinson, Kan. – A jazz saxophone great will highlight the annual Hutchinson Community College Winter Jazz Festival.
The Instrumental Jazz Music program at Hutchinson Community College will host their annual High School Jazz Festival on January 30-31. The Festival will be held at the Stringer Fine Arts Center on the HCC Campus, starting at 8 a.m.
The event will bring together students from middle and high school jazz band programs on the campus for two days of workshops, practice and clinics. More than 500 students, representing area schools are expected to attend the event from around the state of Kansas.
Saxophonist Chip McNeill will be the featured clinician and performer for the Festival. McNeill is a well-known tenor saxophonist who has served as musical director for jazz legends Maynard Ferguson and Arturo Sandoval. He is a Grammy-award winning artist for his part in the Arturo Sandoval album Hot House.
McNeill will be the featured performer at the Jazz Festival Featured Concert on Thursday, January 30. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Stringer Fine Arts Center on the HCC campus. HCC Vocal Jazz group Badinage will open for McNeill, who will perform with the HCC Concert Jazz Band. Tickets are just $8.00 and can be reserved by calling 620-665-3503.
Reservations for area bands to attend the clinic are still being accepted. For information on how to enroll a school band in the clinic, contact Nick Schroeder at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 620-665-3442 or 665-3503.
For more information on the Fine Arts Program at Hutchinson Community College, visit the college website at www.hutchcc.edu/finearts