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High school and middle school bands mentored, awarded at 42nd annual NMSU Jazz Festival

The mission of the 42nd annual New Mexico State University Jazz Festival on March 10 and 11 was to surround middle school and high school band students with jazz music and to foster their talent.

Each participating ensemble performed in front of the judges and received a 20-minute clinic from one of the guest clinicians, along with digitally recorded and written comments from three adjudicators.

"We had two phases to this; the performance and the clinic," said Frank Pancho Romero, NMSU music professor. "It was a really an educational event for the students."

In the middle school competition, Desert View Jazz I placed first, Montwood second and Slider third. In the high school competition, Coronado placed first, Eastwood second and Hanks Jazz I third.

NMSU Jazz Ensemble I performed during both of the awards ceremonies. Several guest artists and clinicians were also featured. The event is one of several annual cultural events at NMSU, Romero said, also making it an enriching experience for the students.

"Jazz is one of our very few truly American traditions," Romero said. "The entire event is jazz-filled, so it gets that music in their ear as we try to carry on the tradition."

Romero said NMSU events such as the jazz festival present a great opportunity for the entire NMSU community.

"These are cultural events, and many of them cost less than the price of a movie ticket," he said. "There is so much culture in the area that is so available to us. We need to take advantage of that."

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