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June 3, 2009 > Youth Jazz Festival

Youth Jazz Festival

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By Courtesy of Michael Messier

"Let my children have music! Let them hear live music. Not noise. My children! You do what you want with your own!" every parent will agree with Charles Mingus. That is why interest in East Bay Traditional Jazz Society's (EBTJS) Youth Jazz festival has gradually grown over the years. This year is no different as eight local school bands will come together once again for the ninth annual Youth Jazz Festival incorporating innovative jazz performance, networking, rehearsals and great music. Participating Jazzinators include Hopkins Jr. High, Thornton Jr. High, Fremont Christian- Dixie Dominus, American High School, Kennedy High School, Irvington High School, and Horner Jr. High. The East Bay Jazzinators will perform in the intermissions for continuous flow of music for you to enjoy. Performances will take place on Saturday, June 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Fremont's Pacific Commons Shopping Center.

EBTJS promotes development of jazz by providing educational opportunities for young players and audiences with unique quality jazz. The East Bay Traditional Jazz Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, preservation, and enjoyment of live, traditional jazz. The youth jazz festival is free to the public. A hat will be passed for each band to encourage performance opportunities for youth bands, EBTJS Youth Programs and cover cost of presentation. "Local junior and senior high schools are invited. The open air venue is open to the public," informed John Soulis, President EBTJS. The Jazzinators play the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pizza Depot, in Fremont.

The festival showcases the musical skills of students in high schools while providing a learning experience. For those of you who wish to do more than just listening may choose to become a member. "We always look for new members, normally we consider students from 7th- 8th grade. The eligibility criterion also includes the ability to read music," said Soulis. Interested young musicians may apply by calling (510) 657-0243 or write to The program is dedicated to advancing the professional goals of aspiring talented young people by providing limited financial assistance. The non-profit organization maintains a fund to grant scholarships to young musicians. "To qualify for these scholarships, a young musician should attend 80-85 percent of activities throughout the year," added Soulis. Young musicians seeking a grant from the fund should print out and submit this application. For more information, contact John Soulis at Participate in the promise of entertainment that has never failed to impress.

Youth Jazz Festival
Saturday, June 6
11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Pacific Commons Shopping Center
I 880 Auto Mall Exit West, Fremont
(510) 657-0243

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