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03-10-2014


UC Hosts Annual Jazz Clinic

 


Williamsburg, Ky. – University of the Cumberlands (UC) recently hosted their annual Jazz Clinic, which caters to high school jazz bands from across the state. This year, clinic director David Threlkeld brought in instructors and two high schools, Harlan County High School from Harlan, Ky. and Western Hills High School from Frankfort, Ky.

According to Threlkeld, this is the 15th year for the clinic at UC. It is open to any high school jazz band that would like to participate. The purpose of the clinic is to improve the bands’ skills and teamwork. “We try to work on their own music and help them become better,” Threlkeld said.

During the clinic, both bands get time practicing in small groups, divided by instruments, and as a whole band. Threlkeld and other UC music professors worked with small groups. Chris McCormick worked with the entire band in the Nell Moore Recital Hall. McCormick is an acquaintance of Threlkeld and a professor at Tennessee Tech. Another acquaintance of Threlkeld’s is Jamey Aebersold, a retired music educator from the University of Louisville and American jazz saxophonist. He taught the improvisation sessions during the clinic.

During the concert held in Kohn Theatre, both high school bands performed the music they had been rehearsing. Aebersold performed with his quartet and the UC Jazz Ensemble performed as well.

Stephanie Wallace, the director of Western Hill’s jazz band, said she enjoyed having her band work with college professors in preparation for future performances.

“We’re just excited we get to perform because we have a jazz assessment next week,” Wallace said.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; ten pre-professional programs; ten graduate degrees distributed over eight areas, including two doctorates and seven master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs. For more information, visit www.ucumberlands.edu.

Article provided by Amanda Kelly, UC Multimedia and Athletic Services Department Student Assistant