Invitational Honors Jazz Ensemble

 Invitational Honors Jazz Ensemble 

Greetings from the U of L Jazz Studies program! I hope that you and your students are having a great fall semester. As many of you know we host our annual jazz festival in February. This year the dates are Feb 21-22, 2020. You have probably already received or will receive an invitation and information about entering your band. However, this year we are once again doing an invitational Jazz Honor Band. This event is designed for your outstanding jazz students to get a more extensive experience.

We invite you to nominate your outstanding students to participate in the 2nd annual University of Louisville Invitational Honor Jazz Band. Students selected for this group will practice on Friday, Feb 21 and Saturday, Feb 22 and perform on the Saturday evening concert. The group will be under the direction of U of L Professor Gabe Evens. Enclosed is a nomination form that needs to be returned via mail, email (jerry.tolson@louisville.edu) or fax (502) 852-0520 by Monday, December 9th. You may also nominate your students online at: jazz.louisville.edu/invitational-honor-jazz-band.

Letters will then be sent to selected students from your nomination list. Included with their letter will be an explanation and further details about the event, a registration form, hotel options, and final schedule. If you are bringing your band to the festival, you do not have to worry about time conflicts as we will schedule your band performance so that there is no conflict with rehearsals and your warm-up, performance, and clinic times.

During the two-day event, students will be responsible for their own transportation to and from campus. Staying overnight in a hotel is an option, but not a requirement, if commuting to and from UofL is preferred. Arrangements can also be made to stay in the dorms with current U of L jazz students. The registration fee for this event is $50, which includes a 2020 Invitational Honor Jazz Band t-shirt and a pizza lunch on Saturday. Students will also receive a clinic from guest artist Aaron Goldberg and will perform one number with him on the Saturday evening concert. Participating students will receive complimentary admission to the Friday evening concert with trombonist Tom Garling and the U of L Jazz Ensemble I under the direction of Dr. Ansyn Banks.