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Berklee's 42nd Annual High School Jazz Festival

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Berklee College of Music's 42nd High School Jazz Festival will feature more than 3, 000 students and 200 big bands, combos, and vocal ensembles competing for $175, 000 in partial scholarships to Berklee's Five Week Summer Performance Program. The annual event is the largest of its kind in the U.S.

All concerts are free and open to the public, and will take place on Saturday, March 13, 2010, at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Scholarship and award winners will be announced at 6:00 p.m., followed by a winners showcase concert at 7:15 p.m.

The event will also feature free clinics by trombonist and Grammy-winning producer Delfeayo Marsalis, drummer Peter Erskine (Steely Dan, Weather Report), and trumpeter Eric Miyashiro (Sammy Davis Jr., Maynard Ferguson), and performances by the Crescent Super Band, an internationally touring all-star high school ensemble from Utah, Berklee's Concert Jazz Orchestra, and Global Jazz Institute, City Music, Salsa, and P-Funk ensembles. New this year is Band Slam, a non-competing category for students who play non-jazz styles, from hip-hop to bluegrass.

Event highlights:

10:00 a.m 12:00 p.m.
City Music Saturday School Ensembles
Berklee Showcase Room Ballroom A, Third Level

12:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
Delfeayo Marsalis: Jazz Improvisation Clinic
Berklee Showcase Room, Ballroom A, Third Level

12:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
Crescent Super Band
Directed by Caleb Chapman and featuring Peter Erskine and Eric Miyashiro
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Second Level

2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Peter Erskine: Drum Clinic
Jazz Workshop Room, Ballroom C, Third Level

2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Berklee Salsa Ensemble
Directed by Berklee faculty member Bernardo Hernandez
Berklee Showcase Room, Ballroom A, Third Level

2:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra
Directed by Berklee faculty member Greg Hopkins
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Second Level

3:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
Eric Miyashiro: Trumpet Clinic
Jazz Workshop Room, Ballroom C, Third Level

3:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
Berklee Global Jazz Institute
Berklee Showcase Room, Ballroom A, Third Level

4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.
Berklee P-Funk Ensemble
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Second Level

6:00 p.m. 7:15 p.m.
Awards Presentation
with Special Guests: Crescent Super Band, Peter Erskine, and Eric Miyashiro
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Second Level

7:15 p.m. 9:15 p.m.
Winners Showcase Concert
Jazz Workshop Room, Ballroom C, Third Level

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