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Jazz bands from schools across Southeast Missouri will come together to perform in the Tinnin Center as Three Rivers College hosts its 26th Annual Jazz Festival on Feb. 9 and 11. Both shows will be at 7 p.m. Admission for the Feb. 9 performance will be $2 for students and $3 for adults. Admission to the Feb. 11 performance is free.

Both nights will feature performances from the Three Rivers College Jazz Band, which will be joined on Feb. 9 by junior high, high school, and college jazz bands from across the region.

The Saturday, Feb. 11 performance will feature the Southeast All-District Jazz Band, which consists of the best high school jazz musicians in Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) District 10. The All-District Jazz Band will be directed by Tim AuBuchon.

“We’re very excited to have all these young men and women coming to play here,” said William White, Professor of Music at Three Rivers and director of the college’s Jazz Band. “We get to bring in over 200 of the best young jazz musicians in the state. Our event is a pre-festival festival to help the groups prepare for the upcoming competition season in a more relaxed atmosphere. The Three Rivers Jazz Festival has become quite popular with area junior high and high school band directors.”

The clinician for the 26th annual Three Rivers Jazz Festival is Tim AuBuchon, Professor of Jazz Studies at Truman State University, Kirksville Missouri.

“Tim attended High School at North County, one of the jazz bands that traditionally attend the festival,” said White. “We’ve gone full circle, having one of our student musicians become our festival clinician.”

People wanting more information on the 26th Annual Jazz Festival, or those interested in participating in next year’s performance, can call the Three Rivers College Music Department at 573-840-9639.

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