The 1st Annual Fountain City Jazz Festival will be held at De Soto Senior High School in De Soto, MO on March 24th, 2018. Our goal for this non competitive festival is to provide the premier educational event for students and directors. The festival will give each band 30 minutes on stage in our new auditorium for a performance followed up by a personalized clinic for each band with one of our judges. We have some incredible Jazz clinicians this year that will be providing comments and clinics throughout the day. The goal will be to provide a performance opportunity to Jazz bands and then offer directors and students a clinic to help improve their performance, understanding of Jazz, confidence. The focus of the festival is not on ratings or trophies, but more on Jazz education and providing support to improve.
Next year's date has been set for 3/23/19
Our evening concert is set to begin at 6pm. Ticket prices for this concert will be $3 for adults. Students and directors enter free. This year's guest artist will be tenor saxophonist Austin Farnam! The evening concert will open with the Missouri Big Band.
Panel of Clinicians
Tony Dipasquale- Belleville Public School District 118
Shawn Harrel- Lee's Summit R-7
Rob Babel-Fort Zumwalt North, Director of Bands
Keith Moyer-Fort Zumwalt West, Director of Bands
Support for the Fountain City Jazz Festival has been provided by Pine Mountain Country Coffee House. The wonderful family at Pine Mountain have offered to house our judges and guest artist for the festival. Their support of this endeavor is greatly appreciated by the De Soto Bands, judges, and community!