Coronado hosts 2nd annual Jazz Festival Oct. 26
Coronado High School will host its second annual Jazz Festival Tuesday, Oct. 26.
Both Coronado jazz bands and one from Holmes Middle School will be among the 12 participating groups from Pikes Peak region schools, according to Alan Combs, Coronado band director and music department chair.
The event, free and open to the public, will be from 8 a.m. to about 2:45 p.m. in the Coronado auditorium.
It's not the type of competition in which a top band will be chosen (although certificates will be given to outstanding soloists). Each group will play for a half-hour, then receive ratings from three judges, followed by clinic with John Davis of CU-Boulder and Dana Landry of the University of Northern Colorado (both directors of jazz studies at their schools), Combs explained.
Coronado bands will not receive ratings, because the school is hosting the event, he added.
The judges will be Richard Kusk, Coronado High School orchestra instructor; Craig Ketels, retired Lewis-Palmer band director; and Mark Rose, an experienced area musician who teaches elementary school band in District 11.
The schedule calls for Coronado's Jazz 1 to play at 8 a.m. and Jazz 2 at 1:45 p.m. Holmes is to play at 12:15 p.m.
Other participating bands are Jenkins Middle School and these high schools: Air Academy (two), Rampart, Doherty, Liberty (two), Widefield and Cheyenne Mountain.
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