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Jazz Band Performs at Oregon Jazz Festival

Jay, Stevie, Irene, Gracie, Caleb, and Ashley with Terell Stafford.

On Saturday, January 20th, students in the Shasta Middle School Jazz band were presented as one of the outstanding ensembles invited to perform at the 25th Annual Oregon Jazz Festival. While the Oregon Jazz Festival is a non-competitive event, judges select exceptional bands from the day to perform at the evening concert. For four years in a row, Shasta has been chosen out of 28 bands to showcase their talent. Holly A., Jay V., and Caleb D. were selected by judges to receive Outstanding Musicianship awards.

Terell Stafford, renowned trumpet player, educator, and leader in the jazz world was featured as this year’s special guest artist at the festival. Also featured were the Lane and University of Oregon Jazz Ensembles, including the new All-Star Honors band spotlighting some of the strongest high school musicians on the west coast. Seven of the selected all star members were Shasta Jazz alumni.

The Oregon Jazz Festival is a collaboration of the University of Oregon and Lane Community College. Each year this event brings together students, jazz educators, performing artists and enthusiasts to create a positive learning experience for all involved. By sharing resources, the University of Oregon and Lane Community College do a great deal to enhance the jazz experience in our community.

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