Bemidji State welcomes Alan Baylock and Mike Williams as guest artists for BSU’s 2019 JazzFest.
The annual BSU jazz festival features high school jazz bands from across the region, including bands from Red Wing, Minn., and Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Around 230 students are expected to attend workshops and clinics during the two-day festival. BSU faculty will also participate in the clinics, including assistant professor Scott Guidry, adjunct instructor Greg Gaston and Dr. Patrick Riley, professor emeritus of music.
All of the festival’s daytime events are free and open to the public. The evening concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Theatre of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex and tickets will be sold at the door for $10. BSU and Northwest Technical College students are admitted free with a valid student ID. Both concerts are expected to sell out; persons interested in attending either of the evening performances are encouraged to purchase advance tickets at the BSU Department of Music.
FRIDAY, FEB. 1
Workshops will begin Feb. 1 with open rehearsal and performances with guest artists. High school jazz bands will be playing in the morning and afternoon. JazzFest’s Feb. 1 schedule features a performance by guest clinicians Alan Baylock and Mike Williams as part of the Bemidji Concert Series, along with workshops in the morning and afternoon.
SATURDAY, FEB. 2
The festival’s final day on Feb. 2 will feature the last of the workshops along with a final performance featuring Bemidji State’s Blue Ice jazz band, joined by Baylock and Williams.