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Clark College News and Events

January 18, 2007
For Immediate Release
For additional information:
Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
Telephone: 360-992-2921


Clark College will host its 45th Annual Jazz Festival
from January 25-27, 2007.

2007 Clark College Jazz Festival graphicVANCOUVER, Wash. – Clark College will celebrate the best young musical talent in the region – and honor an American art form  – during the 45th Annual Clark College Jazz Festival.

The jazz festival will be held from January 25-27, 2007. Vocal jazz ensembles and jazz bands from high schools in Oregon and Washington are invited to participate in this competition to be held in Gaiser Hall. Thursday’s event will include a clinic for participating vocal jazz ensembles.

Forty-eight jazz bands and twenty-four vocal jazz ensembles will be scheduled to perform in the competition. Trophies are awarded in class A to class AAAA schools. A sweepstakes trophy is awarded to the most outstanding band participating in the festival. In addition, outstanding vocal and instrumental soloists will receive awards for their performance.

Preliminary competition for vocal jazz takes place from 9:30-5:00 with final competition at 7:00 p.m.  Vocal jazz competition for divisions A, AA, and AAA will take place on Thursday, January 25.  Jazz band competitions for divisions A & AA will be held on Friday, January 26.   Jazz band competitions for divisions AAA and AAAA will be held on Saturday, January 27.  The preliminary competitions for bands take place from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday and 7:40-5:20 on Saturday with final competitions at 7:00 p.m. both days.

The Clark College Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Janet Reiter, will be featured at 12:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Thursday. The Clark College Jazz Ensemble directed by Dave Parker and Jeff Uusitalo will perform on Friday at noon and 9:00 p.m. and again at noon on Saturday. The Sweepstakes Band for 2006, Garfield High School of Seattle, will perform on Saturday evening at 9:00 p.m., under the direction of Clarence Acox.

The performances will take place in the Gaiser Hall Student Center.  The Student Center is located on the northwest corner of the college’s main campus on Fort Vancouver Way between McLoughlin Blvd. and Fourth Plain Blvd.  Admission is $5 per day; children under 12 accompanied by an adult are admitted free of charge.

For additional information, please contact the Clark College Music Department at 360-992-2188 or 360-992-2662.


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