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UVU Jazz Festival Invites Area High School Bands To Learn, Perform

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November 6, 2012
For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Cheryl Kamenski (801) 863-6351

The Utah Valley University Jazz Band will host the annual Ice Breaker festival and concert that features performances by the UVU Jazz Band along with jazz bands from area high schools. The educational and entertaining event is on Friday, Nov. 19, in the Ragan Theater of the Sorensen Student Center.

The festival begins at 8:30 a.m. as 12 high school jazz bands will perform for 30 minutes each and will be critiqued by James Colonna, a UVU assistant professor of music, who also serves as the director of bands. High school bands register to perform at the event and are taken on a first-come basis.

“This festival started in 1995 as a student-recruiting event,” Colonna said. “But it has developed into an educational festival as we offer feedback and suggestions to the high school bands that perform. And, the students can ask us questions and also talk with UVU Jazz Band members.”

The UVU Jazz Band will perform at noon during the festival, which is free and open to the public, and present a concert later that night at 7:30 p.m. For concert tickets, visit the UVU School of the Arts box office in the Noorda Theatre, Campus Connection in the Sorensen Student Center or order tickets by phone at 801-863-PLAY.

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Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah and is home to more than 30,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community school, state college and, finally a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.

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