February 5, 2016
The Montana State University Billings Jazz Ensembles are focused on authentically learning multiple styles of Jazz and Commercial music in order for the student to approach future playing and teaching situations with confidence and knowledge. Our ensembles sincerely enjoy sharing the love of music and broadening our own minds as well as those in the community, to become more artistically and culturally aware.
All college, high school and junior high jazz ensembles in the state are cordially invited to the MSU Billings Jazz Festival, which will take place on February 5th, 2016 at MSU Billings. All sizes of ensembles are invited to attend, including big bands, combos and any other size or instrumentation of Jazz Ensemble. Vocalists welcome in combos and big bands. In addition to adjudication, highly experienced clinicians will also provide improvisation, instrumental and music production clinics. This festival is non-competitive and focused on education and nurturing the love of the music. Top Soloists of the festival will be awarded at the evening concert.
Our guest artist will be the Los Angeles based trumpet phenomenon, Wayne Bergeron. Wayne Bergeron is highly sought after as one of the top lead players in the United States and world, with many credits to his name, including: Ray Charles, Earth Wind and Fire, Frozen, Despicable Me, The Incredibles, Maynard Ferguson, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, and many others. Wayne also is a vibrant and successful educator. More information can be found at www.waynebergeron.com.
MSU Billings’ past jazz festivals have been very successful with guest artists such as Maynard Ferguson, Bill Watrous, Doc Cheatum, George Shearing, Bobby Shew, Nick Mancini and Denis DiBlasio. Please join us in making this another educational tradition and musical mainstay in Montana.
For more information please contact John Roberts.