Ashburn VA (Jan. 24, 2016) – Three Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) music students had the opportunity to perform with the National Jazz Workshop (NJW) All-Star Jazz Orchestra from January 5th through the 8th at the 2016 Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference in Louisville, Ky.
Loudoun County members of the NJW All-Stars included Robert Barron, lead trumpet, Briar Woods High School; Rachel Neff, vocals and trumpet, Stonebridge High School; and Eric Svendsen, trombone, Briar Woods High School.
The NJW All-Stars participated in the JENerations Jazz Festival with more than 800 school-aged, community and college musicians. Each ensemble performed for 30 minutes in a non-competitive atmosphere for an international audience and received a 30-minute clinic session with world-famous jazz clinicians. In addition, they played a full 60-minute concert on one of the main stages.
The NJW All-Star Jazz Orchestra is an audition-based, year-round band that rehearses under the direction of jazz composer Alan Baylock on Sundays at George Mason University. These select young musicians have the opportunity to participate in weekly clinics produced by Dr. Matthew Niess with nationally recognized artists such as Doc Severinsen and Wynton Marsalis. The group performs at local and national events.
Throughout the four-day event in Louisville, they got to hear some of the top jazz professionals in the world live on stage, attend clinics, play in nightly jam sessions, check out new gear in the exhibit hall and talk to college recruiters at universities with strong jazz programs.
More than 3,500 educators, musicians, students and exhibitors from around the world participated in this conference.