Hastings College Jazz Festival, concert set for April 3

Hastings College Music is hosting its Jazz Festival on Monday, April 3. The festival includes performances by regional jazz bands and an evening concert featuring the Hastings College Jazz Ensemble and a guest soloist.

The Hastings College Jazz Festival is an opportunity for middle and high school bands to study with guest clinicians and gain performance experience, and for the Hastings community to experience performances from young musicians in the area and from Hastings College.

Student performances begin at 9:00 a.m. in French Memorial Chapel on campus, with each group receiving ratings and comments from clinicians.

The annual Jazz Festival Concert featuring the Hastings College Jazz Ensemble with guest soloist Bob Krueger will perform at 7:30 p.m. in French Memorial Chapel.

All performances are free and open to the public.

The 2023 Jazz Festival clinicians include Dr. Jed Blodgett, percussion, assistant professor music at Hastings College; Bob Krueger, trumpet, retired jazz educator and solo trumpet with the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra; and Chris Stelling, saxophone, adjunct instructor and Jazz Ensemble director at Hastings College.

Schedule for Schools on Monday, April 3 — French Memorial Chapel

9:00 a.m. — Grand Island Northwest
10:00 a.m. — Lexington High School
11:00 a.m. — Lexington High School II
1:00 p.m. — Hastings Senior High School
2:00 p.m. — Columbus High School
3:00 p.m. — Norris High School
7:30 p.m. — Hastings College Jazz Ensemble with Bob Krueger

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