2012 Marks the 50th Anniversary of Jazz Festival.
Clark College will be the celebrating the best young musical talent in Clark County and surrounding areas, and honoring an American art form at the 50th Anniversary of the Annual Clark College Jazz Festival January 26-28, 2012. This Festival attracts over 60 high school vocal and instrumental jazz ensembles for a three day competitive event, with special 50th Anniversary events you won’t want to miss.
Competitions and performances will begin on Thursday and three high school vocal jazz ensembles will be invited back to perform in the evening Clark College Jazz Festival Vocal Jazz Showcase. On Friday and Saturday, high school jazz ensembles will perform for the privilege of returning to perform in the evening finals competition where they will be ranked for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. On Saturday evening of the festival, one band from the entire festival will be selected to receive the Clark College time honored tradition, the coveted Sweepstakes Trophy.
“As we celebrate this once in a lifetime event, we want to recognize the generations of families from the community who have participated in the festival on and off stage as well as honor the man who founded the festival, the late Mr. Dale Beacock. To honor the generations of community involvement, we are extremely excited to host, The Clark College Golden Alumni Jazz Band under the direction of retired Clark College Band Director, Mr. Chuck Ramsey.
The Clark College Golden Alumni Band will perform at 5 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday after the last high school performance in the afternoon. This all-star big band will feature students from three generations of Clark band directors and will be a fitting tribute to the legacy of the festival.
Another special event for this year’s festival will be two jazz clinics presented by Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Washington State University in Pullman and Clark alumni, Dave Hagelganz. These clinics will take place on Friday and Saturday morning at 10 a.m. in the Ellis F. Dunn Community Room in Gaiser Hall. We encourage everyone to take advantage of this added bonus to our 50th anniversary line up.
Finally, please join us and members of the Beacock family on Saturday evening as we pay tribute to the man who started it all, Mr. Dale Beacock, with a historic special announcement.” ~ Richard Inouye, Clark College Jazz Festival Director
General admission to the festival is $5 per day. Clark College students and children under 12 accompanied by an adult will be admitted free of charge.
Clark College is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver. Gaiser Hall is located on the northwest corner of the main campus on Fort Vancouver Way, between McLoughlin Blvd. and Fourth Plain Blvd. Audience members should enter through the North entrance (by the Book Store) or the South entrance.
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