For the seventh year in a row, the Weatherford College fine arts and communications department will hold the Coyote Jazz Fest, a festival and workshop designed for band students at the high school and middle school levels.
“We’re very excited because this year, we have more schools than we’ve had in the past,” Cal Lewiston, WC jazz band director and chair of the fine arts and communications department, said. “We have also added several new schools from as far out as Keller and North Richland Hills.”
In all, nine bands from both levels will be participating in the festival, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, with a free concert put on by the WC jazz band with pianist Dan Cavanagh.
Cavanagh is the associate director of jazz studies and an associate professor of music at the University of Texas at Arlington, as well as a 2009 prize winner for excellence in composition.
He will be directing and playing several of his pieces with the WC Jazz band Friday, which is free and open to the public.
Band students will also get individual guidance and critiques Friday during a clinic presented by Cavanagh with instruction by several members of the WC music faculty.
“Each of these groups will perform and be critiqued as though being rated,” Lewiston said. “Since it is non-competitive, the band directors will receive the critic sheets, and the students will get a hands-on clinic and master classes in all of the different instruments.”
Coyote Jazz Fest 2011! T-shirts and a pizza lunch will be provided for each participant and director as part of the registration fee. Individual and ensemble trophies will be awarded at the conclusion of the festival Friday.
Visit www.events.wc.edu for more details.