The Jazz Club of Sarasota is dedicated to preserving and promoting jazz, America’s original musical art form. Founded in 1980 by the late Hal Davis, the former publicist for Benny Goodman, the Jazz Club has approximately 500 members and is growing. The Club presents over 50 events throughout the year, including the Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival, now in its 39th year.
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Thirty-Ninth Annual Sarasota Jazz Festival March 3 - 9
High School Jazz Band Competition Results
On Sunday, January 27 five fabulous school bands participated in the Jazz Club of Sarasota's revival of its High School Jazz Band Competition. Each of the bands played three selections and represented very well their school music programs. The panel of judges included three highly experienced musicians and veterans of band competitions including George McLain and Don Levine, members of the JCS Board of Directors, and Philip S. Polson, District Adjudicator for concert bands, solo and ensemble and jazz bands. The three bands with the highest rated performances each received cash prizes to support their program and will also have the opportunity to perform at the JCS 39th Annual Jazz Festival in March of this year.
The Result of the Competition:
First Place Winner: Pine View Jazz Ensemble Vic Mongillo, Director
First Runner-Up: North Port High School Jazz One Owen Bradley, Director
Second Runner-Up: Sarasota High Admirals Chuck Alfrey, Director
Manatee and River View high schools were also commended for their performances.