Las Cruces – The 42nd New Mexico State University Jazz Festival on March 10 and 11 at Atkinson Recital Hall will feature several guest musicians and the NMSU Jazz Ensembles.
The NMSU Jazz Festival is an education-based event. Each participating ensemble will receive a 20-minute clinic from one of the guest clinicians, along with digitally recorded and written comments from three adjudicators.
March 10 will be devoted to middle school participants. NMSU Jazz Ensemble I will perform at 5 p.m. during the middle school awards presentation.
March 11 will be devoted to high school participants. A ticketed concert at 7:30 p.m. will conclude the day's activities, featuring guest soloists Dana Landry on piano and Erik Applegate on bass. Both guest soloists are from the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Department. The concert will also feature a performance from NMSU Jazz Ensemble I and the outstanding high school ensemble, after which the high school awards will be presented.
Awards will be presented for outstanding woodwind, trumpet, trombone and rhythm section; outstanding soloist; outstanding musician and second, third and outstanding ensembles.
Other guest clinicians and musicians will include Demetrius Williams, Sam Trimble and Roman Chip.
Tickets will be available at the NMSU Band Office. For more information, contact Rena Crollett at 575-646-2304.