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Jazz Festival to feature more than 200 student musicians

The Northern Chautauqua County Band Director’s Association will present the ninth annual Dunkirk Jazz Invitational on Saturday at Forestville High School.

This annual event, which celebrates National Jazz Appreciation Month, will bring together more than 200 student musicians from 10 school districts throughout Chautauqua County for an entertaining evening of jazz, which is America’s classical music.

Both the Northern Chautauqua County Band Director’s Association and the DJI were founded in 2006 by local jazz musicians and educators Mike Willis, Rob De Santis and Dave Golando.

Below is the performance schedule and times for the event

4 p.m. Forestville Middle School Jazz Ensemble

4:20 p.m. Brocton Jazz Ensemble

4:50 p.m. Clymer Jazz Ensemble

5:10 p.m. Black Knight Jazz Ensemble from Silver Creek High School

5:40 p.m. The Corner Pocket Big Band from Clymer, Panama, Sherman, and Jamestown

6 p.m. Cassadaga Valley High School Jazz Ensemble

6:30 p.m. Forestville High School Jazz Ensemble

The Dunkirk Jazz Invitational provides these young, aspiring jazz musicians the opportunity to hear performances by their peers from throughout the county, as well as provides an evening of stellar entertainment for the local community.

In addition, the dixieland band, the Fredtown Stompers featuring Dave Golando will be this year’s “house band”. The Fredtown Stompers will be performing a pre-show concert beginning at 3:30 p.m. and will provide music in between sets.

Opening remarks this year will be provided by Chautauqua County Executive, Vincent Horrigan.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at the door ($5 for adults, $3 for seniors/nonperforming students, and children under 5 are free).

Concessions will be available throughout the event.

For more information on NCCBDA, visit them online at www.nccbda.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NCCBDA.

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