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MDUSD Jazz Festival is underway

By Theresa Harrington
Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 at 5:23 pm in Diablo Valley College, Education, Mt. Diablo school district, Music.

Despite budget cuts, high school jazz band programs are alive and well in the Mt. Diablo district. And students in the bands are gathering at DVC right now to share their music with each other during a free Jazz Festival, then enjoy music from the district’s honor jazz band, which includes top musicians from district schools.

Here’s a rundown of the festival, which is already in progress:

3:30 Northgate HS
4:00 Concord HS
4:30 College Park HS
5:00 Mt. Diablo HS
5:30 Ygnacio Valley HS
6:00 Clayton Valley Charter HS

Dinner break

7:30 PM District Honor Jazz Band Concert, followed by DVC Night Jazz Band

9:00 PM End Concert

Just as UMDAF includes Clayton Valley Charter HS, it looks like the district’s band programs are also continuing to include the charter.

Do you value programs such as this?

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  • anon

    Absolutely, I would have gone, and taken my kids if I had known about it!

  • FormerMDUSDparent

    As a parent of a former jazz band member from College Park ,I can tell you that most music concerts are rarely attended except by the parents of musicians. It may be because of the facilities(CP jazz band played its concerts in the cafeteria),lack of publicity or lack of school administrative support. Its unfortunate because the public missed some excellent free concerts.

  • Theresa Harrington

    In the past, the city of Pleasant Hill has held a “showcase” downtown, featuring local school music groups. Although I agree that it seems that parents are the main audience members, opportunities to play in the community (instead of in the school gym) give good exposure to MDUSD bands. Some Concord HS music groups have also performed at Concord’s Music and Market events.
    I videotaped the Honor Jazz Band and portions of the DVC Night Band (in which MDUSD band directors and a Northgate student performed) and I will try to upload the clips to my YouTube account later.