Jazz festival on tap Saturday

The sixth annual Integrity Jazz Festival begins at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Scandinavian Heritage Park with the Youth Spotlight, and ends sometime around 1 a.m. with a jam session that begins at 9 p.m. at Sevens Bar and Grill. Between those times, concertgoers will hear Bismarck’s Little Big Band and the Swing Band of Minot, and featured artists Pivetta Duo along with headliner the Glenn Miller Band. Even when the different performers are breaking down and setting up, the entertainment continues with the “Between the Acts Combo,” the name the organizers have given to the singers, announcers and instrumentalists filling in the gaps.

“It’s when we can disseminate information,” said Steve Veikley, festival music director and leader of the Swing Band. “Terri (Aldrich, executive director of the Minot Area Council of the Arts, producer of the festival) will be giving information and announcing prizewinners, and maybe even singing a bit. Tim Hoffert on the guitar and bassist Nils Aardahl will also play.”

The Glenn Miller Band, with its distinctive sound, has been performing since 1956, following in the footsteps of the original with classics such as “In the Mood,” “A String of Pearls” and “Little Brown Jug.” Miller himself created that signature sound, saying “A band ought to have a sound all of its own. It ought to have a personality.” Nick Hilscher is the current leader and featured male vocalist, while Laura Hart is female vocalist. This is a return engagement for the group to Minot, being summoned back by popular demand.

The Pivetta Duo is a North Carolina-based married couple, flautist Debra Reuter-Pivetta and pianist Federico Pivetta. They also have performed at the Integrity Jazz Festival in the past, and are a welcome addition because they dedicate themselves to engaging all ages in their music.

The Youth Spotlight is the prize for the winners of the High School Jazz Festival which takes place in February, organized by Pat Schwan.

“It’s always a challenge to get the younger performers together during the summer,” said Veikley. “This year one of the winners, Micah Holmen, a Minot State University sax student now, volunteered to take over gathering the performers for us. He’s putting together a six-piece combo from among the winners with a girl singer who will be introduced from the stage. They’ll announce their program at the same time.”

Throughout the day, vendors with food, beverages, art, clothing and crafts will ply their wares.

“There will be gyros from St. Peter’s and ice cream from the Exchange Club,” said Aldrich. “Off the Vine will have a booth for adults only with a selection of wines, and there’s just a raft of wonderful crafters coming.”

Tickets are $20 at the entrance and $15 from MACA at 852-2787 or through the website,

(integrityjazzfestival.com). Bringing lawn chairs will ensure comfortable seating, and you are welcome to bring your own picnic to complement what’s available on site.