MHS grads return to serve as clinicians at jazz festival

The Magic City Jazz Festival comes to the campus of Minot State University on Friday.

The concert will feature a variety of jazz tunes, including “St. Louis Blues” by the Jim Hill Middle School jazz band; “All Blues” by the Erik Ramstad Middle School jazz band; “Rule The Roost,” a funk tune by the Central Campus Jazz band; and “Barnburner,” a saxophone section feature by the Magic City Jazz Band; “LatiND,” a piece written by and featuring one of the event’s clinicians, Nathan Hance, with The Swing Band of Minot.

Also, clinician Andy Cresap will be performing Maynard Ferguson’s version of “Danny Boy,” also with the Swing Band of Minot.

In addition, the Swing Band will be playing “My Funny Valentine,” as the event is being held on Valentine’s Day.

Hance and Cresap are both Minot High School graduates.

“This is the first time we have had Minot High graduates as our clinicians,” said Minot High band director Pat Schwan. “Both of these young men are doing great things as musicians.”

The festival will be held at 7 p.m. at Minot State University, in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall.

Cresap and Hance will also work with groups all day, followed by the festival concert.

Local clinicians include Cordell Bugbee, a retired Minot Public Schools band teacher, and Joe Alme, retired from positions as band director at MSU and director of the International Music Camp.

Other schools participating in the festival include the Garrison High School Jazz Band; the MSU Jazz Combo; the Surrey High School Jazz Band; and the Surrey Junior High Jazz Band.