Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Reaches Out to Regional Schools

Friday, December 7 2012


MOSCOW, Idaho – World renowned jazz bassist, composer, arranger, conductor and educator John Clayton will visit select Spokane, Wash., schools in early December, prior to the 2013 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.

In 2011, the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival started a new initiative, the Intensive Mentorship Program. The program allows for a select number of band programs each year to receive more time with festival clinicians during festival week, as well as outreach from Grammy® Award winning festival artistic director John Clayton during the year. This year, the festival has refined the Intensive Mentorship Program experience with a focus on regional high schools.

“The festival seeks to deepen the relationship with regional schools, thus raising the bar for jazz studies in the Inland Northwest,” said Steven Remington, festival executive director. “The goal of the program is to mentor regional schools and provide resource development and access, as well as inspiration for students and band directors.”

Clayton conducted personal, 90-minute clinics with Asotin High School in Asotin, Wash., and Moscow High School in Moscow, Idaho, in October. He will visit Ferris High School, Mead High School and Central Valley High School in Spokane in December.

Spokane schools also will also receive visits by special guest clinicians Ray Briggs and Dee Daniels in February. Each school will then participate in special student performance sessions and clinics at the 2013 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.

Feedback from the regional schools who have participated in the Intensive Mentorship Program has been uniformly positive.

“John Clayton’s visit was a great motivator for my jazz band. I even had a parent share how their student was influenced positively by the visit,” said Shawn Bowman, Asotin High School band director. “I was impressed by John’s views of life and helpful hints on jazz, and the fact that he took the time out of his busy schedule to come to our small town. We will remember this for years.”

The festival also reaches out annually through its Jazz in the Schools program. Now in its 19th year, Jazz in the Schools takes master musicians and educators to regional K-12 schools during festival week. Program costs are underwritten by the University of Idaho and Potlatch Corporation. There is no cost to participating schools, and the program provides teachers and students with jazz education materials, activities and an interactive presentation with educators and artists.

The 2013 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival will take place Feb. 20-23 with tickets on sale beginning Monday, Dec. 3. Tickets may be ordered through the University of Idaho ticket office at (208) 885-7212, (888) 8-UIDAHO or online at www.uidaho.edu/ticketoffice. Visit www.uidaho.edu/jazzfest or call 208-885-6765 for the most up-to-date festival information.
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