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Blue Ice (Jazz Band)

Blue Ice is open to all students through an audition process held at the beginning of each semester. The group rehearses from 1:00-1:50 on M, T, W, Th and gives frequent public performances. The annual Bemidji State University Jazz Fest, which is in its 33rd year, has featured many great jazz artists performing as soloists, including Wycliffe Gordon, Jeff Coffin, Rich Matteson, Bobby Shew, Steve Turre, Frank Mantooth, Byron Stripling and Steve Houghton.  Other jazz artists featured recently with the band include Jeff Coffin, Allen Vizzutti, Kathy Jensen, Kiku Collins, and Wayne Bergeron. The group tours regionally each year and has performed in Mexico and Hawaii.  In January 2014, the Jazz Band performed at the JENerations Jazz Festival as part of the Jazz Education Network conference in Dallas.  Other performances include numerous community events, dances, parties, and weddings.  Blue Ice is under the direction of Dr. Del Lyren and participating students may earn up to 2 college credits per semester.  Click here for a sample of the Jazz Band syllabus.