Jazz festival news
• The 2017 West Jazz Ensemble will be held on February 11th. Location: West Salem Auditorium. 1776 Titan Drive NW, Salem, OR 97304.
•We are very pleased to announce that our guest artist for this year’s festival is trumpeter Wayne Bergeron. He will be performing during our noon concert hour, and again prior to our awards ceremony. Wayne Bergeron is enjoying a career as one of the most sought-after musicians in the world. Studio sessions, film dates, international touring, jazz concerts, guest appearances, and clinics keep him busy not only in his hometown of Los Angeles, but worldwide. Bergeron’s first big break was playing lead trumpet with Maynard Ferguson’s band in1986. As a sideman, Bergeron’s list of recording credits reads like a who’s who in contemporary jazz and pop, running the stylistic gamut from Ray Charles and Barbra Streisand to Green Day and The Dirty Loops. His session work includes over 350 TV & motion picture soundtracks, and Bergeron can be heard as a featured soloist on films such as Ted 2, Minions, Jersey Boys, The Incredibles, Rocky Balboa, The Green Hornet,Despicable Me 2, and numerous TV shows including Jeopardy. Bergeron has recorded and played with Quincy Jones, Gordon Goodwin, Arturo Sandoval, Pat Williams, Sammy Nestico, Jack Sheldon, Tom Kubis, Bob Florence, Bob Curnow, and many others. Bergeron’s debut effort, “You Call This a Living?” earned him a Grammy nomination in 2004 for Best Large Jazz Ensemble. Bergeron’s second CD, “Plays Well With Others,” released on the Concord Jazz label in 2007, was met with likewise acclaim. He just released his newest CD, “Full Circle” this year. Bergeron is a National Artist for the Yamaha Corporation of America and is co-designer of the YTR-8335LA trumpet and YFH-8315G Flugelhorn. Bergeron also designed a series of trumpet mouthpieces with GR Technologies.
•Our outstanding adjudicators include: Dr. Keller Coker of Western Oregon University; Joe Freuen, trombonist, composer, and member of the jazz group Seven Minus; Ben Medler, Director of the Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra; and Paul Krueger of Lane Community College. They will provide excellent feedback and a short clinic following your performance.
•We offer a unique format that will meet the needs of your band, no matter their level. Bands will be grouped in similar classifications for competition. You, the director, select the classification that is appropriate for your group. Each group will have a 30 minute time slot, which includes an on stage clinic by one of the adjudicators, set up and break down. Please note: we also have a combo division.
- High School Novice – little or no festival experience
- High School Intermediate – some experience, developing soloists, medium difficult charts.
- High School Advanced – established groups, medium to difficult charts, good style comprehension, good soloists.
- High School Heavy – established programs, medium to difficult charts, mature concept of style and mature soloists.
- Open – Groups in this category include Arts Magnets, Home School, Combined High Schools, and Independent groups.
- Middle School Novice– little or no festival experience
- Middle School Advanced– established groups, festival experience, developing soloists.
- High School Jazz Combo
- Middle School Jazz Combo
- Non-competitive- comments only.
- Festival Certificates for outstanding individuals in all classes
- Plaques in each class (First through Fourth Place)
- Certificates to the outstanding individual soloist in Open, Heavy, Advanced, and Combo divisions, and to the outstanding section (saxes, bones, trumpets, rhythm) in each of the H.S. Heavy and H. S. Advanced classes