U-Idaho’s Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Welcomes Schools to Festival

Tuesday, March 20 2012

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho’s Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival welcomed schools from eight states and Canada to the 45th anniversary of the four-day festival Feb. 22-25.

Students came from all over to participate in the annual festival. This year, Boston College from Chestnut Hill, Mass., and the High School for Performing and Visual Arts from Houston, Texas joined the festival and distinguished themselves as the two schools who traveled the longest distance to participate in the U-Idaho events.

“It was very gratifying to see how many incredibly talented kids are out there and very rewarding to see the positive experiences that they had while at the jazz festival,” said Steven Remington, festival executive director.

Students attended workshops, clinics and main-stage performances by world-class artists, including Tower of Power, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Carmen Bradford and Paquito D’Rivera during the festival.

“The excitement that Tower of Power brought to the ASUI-Kibbie Activity Center stage was just amazing,” said Tyson Drew, Kibbie Activity Center manager. “Their enthusiasm brought together a generational mix of teenagers, young adults and seniors dancing shoulder-to-shoulder.”

Schools entered drawings to receive prizes from the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. Winners included Pullman High School from Pullman, Wash., under direction of Nick Courtnage, for a Cannonball saxophone; and G.W. Graham Secondary School from Chilliwack, B.C., under the direction of Janine Webster, for a Ludwig drum kit with Sabian cymbals. Both prizes were valued at over $2,000 each.

“The kids were amazing and wonderful ambassadors for Chilliwack,” said Webster.

The festival introduced a new commemorative button program this year. The program sold nearly 1,000 buttons, making it a success and one that will continue in coming years. The collectible buttons, featuring festival graphics, allowed the purchaser to receive discounts at area merchants during the month of February.

Another promotion featured this year as a part of the button program was a prize giveaway to individuals who registered to win. This year’s prizes were claimed by Bonnie Good of Potlatch, Idaho, for two round trip tickets on Alaska Airlines, and Jason Mayer of Moscow, Idaho, for two lift tickets at Schweitzer Mountain Resort.

For a full list of participating schools in the jazz festival program, visit www.uidaho.edu/jazzfest/festival/festival-program beginning on page 38.
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