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Published: Tuesday, 2/25/2014

Northview to host annual jazz festival


Sylvania prepare to tap, tap, tap your feet to the sound of jazz. Northview High School hosts the 26th Annual Jazz Festival, featuring the Ohio University Faculty Jazz band.

Big band music and classical swing performed by 10 area high schools are on the playlist.

The program begins at 4:15 p.m. today, with the high school jazz bands playing first, including two Northview bands, one Southview band, and groups from Toledo School of the Arts, Whitmer, Monroe, and Anthony Wayne. Ohio University musicians are expected to take the stage at 7:45 p.m.

From guitar, piano, and the horn section, the big band instruments will all come together to form a traditional big band set up, with some compositions featuring vocalists. 

The Northview jazz band has been preparing for the event since December, said Nathan Heath, the school's director of bands. The bands will play a range of jazz music, including traditional swing music, contemporary jazz, rock, and funk rock, he said. 

The group event, while entertaining, also has a practical side.

The Ohio University musicians will “adjudicate” each performance, providing constructive criticism on how the young musicians can improve their performances, he said.

Earlier in the day, the band members will participate in clinics, hearing music all day from their jazz peers, Mr. Heath said.

Admission to the festival is $2 at the door, the event starts at 4:15 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center at Northview, 5403 Silica Dr.

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