Jazz Campers to Perform at JazzFest July 16

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Event Details


Date: July 16, 2016

Times: Grand Finale Concerts on Saturday, July 16, at JazzFest

Location: Jazz Camp is held on campus; concerts are held at JazzFest at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls

Another music camp is taking place at Augustana in July featuring the rhythmic sounds of jazz.

The Sioux Falls Jazz and Blues has partnered with Augustana to create the JazzFest Jazz Camp, taking place July 12-16. This camp is an opportunity for students in grades 7-12 who are passionate about jazz to practice, learn and perform with their peers while being taught by Augustana faculty and student counselors. Apply here.

Augustana's Dr. Paul Schilf has served as director of the camp for the past five years, and instructs the Brass section and grades 9-12 jazz band ensembles. Joel Shotwell will instruct the Woodwinds section. Jim McKinney, former director of bands at the University of South Dakota, will instruct the Rhythm section and grades 6-8 jazz band ensembles. Dr. Russell Svenningsen will be leading the new vocal component of Jazz Camp.

This year, Jazz Camp’s guest artist is talented saxophone player Mark Colby, who has had opportunity to play shows with popular acts, including Tony Bennett, Sonny and Cher, Ann-Margret and Sammy Davis, Jr., with seasoned musicians. He has played and in some cases toured with such varied luminaries as Frank Sinatra, Jaco Pastorius, Mose Allison, Joe Williams and Charlie Haden. Currently he is performing as a guest soloist and clinician at middle schools, high schools and colleges throughout the United States and Europe.

The Jazz Camp Grand Finale Concert will be performed at Yankton Trail Park during JazzFest on Saturday, July 16. JazzFest is the largest jazz festival in the upper Midwest with more than 100,000 people in attendance over the free, three-day event.