SRJO Jazz Scholars in Denny International Middle School Concert

Tarik Abouzied and rehearses the band

Jazz Scholars instructor Tarik Abouzied

Student participants in the SRJO Jazz Scholars Program, which provides instrumental and jazz technique lessons for low-income middle school students, will be a featured part of the first Denny International Middle School/Chief Sealth High School end-of-year jazz concert.

Marcus Pimpleton

Marcus Pimpleton

The concert will take place on Friday, May 27 at 7:00 PM in the auditorium at Sealth High School, 2600 SW Thistle in West Seattle. Groups performing in the concertĀ are led by Marcus Pimpleton, director of bands at Denny International Middle School and director of the Jazz II Band at Chief Sealth. Admission to the concert is free-of-charge.

Jazz Scholars is an educational outreach program of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, the award-winning professional big band now in its 16th season. An important part of SRJO’s mission is to support education through Jazz Scholars, and through Jazz4Kids concerts presented in tandem with SRJO’s subscription concerts.

Bill Anthony SRJO Jazz Scholars

SRJO trombonist Bill Anthony works with Jazz Scholars

Professional instructors selected by SRJO provide weekly individual or group lessons in the six areas of band instrumentation: saxophone and reeds, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass and drums. All instructors are experienced music teachers and active performers in the Seattle area. The instructors provide individual and small group lessons, and occasionally assist band director Marcus Pimpleton in sectional rehearsals for the entire jazz band.

The Denny concert will include performances by Denny’s Jazz Scholars, who have been working with these music instructors provided by SRJO. Jazz Scholars is supported in part by grants from the Clowes Fund, and from the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs Youth Arts Program.

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