Winter Jazz Fest at Marshall continues Saturday with clinics, concert

February 23, 2019

HUNTINGTON — The Marshall University School of Music Jazz Studies program will continue its 50th Winter Jazz Festival on Saturday, Feb. 23 on the Huntington campus, featuring special guest performances from elite artists and clinics for high school and middle school musicians.

High school and middle school jazz ensembles and combos of any size are participating in the two-day festival that started Friday. Each group will receive feedback and have the opportunity to work with some of the nation’s most accomplished jazz artists.

Saturday will see more school band performances and clinics in the morning and afternoon. Other highlights include performances by the Thundering Herd All-Star Big Band, and featured guests the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of trumpeter Rob Parton.

The Columbus Jazz Orchestra will perform at Smith Recital Hall with Parton at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23.

Parton is well-known as trumpet artist, performer and bandleader who has recently performed with the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Cleveland Orchestra and Detroit Symphony as lead trumpet and soloist.

Outstanding soloist awards and/or outstanding section awards will be presented at the end of each festival day in a brief ceremony during the evening concerts.

For more information about the event, contact Dr. Martin Saunders by e-mail at m.saunders@marshall.edu.