TCMF Spotlight: Austin Jazz Workshop

In the weeks leading up to the Eighth Annual Texas Community Music Festival, we will be spotlighting some of the ensembles that will be participating in this year’s program.  The Austin Jazz Workshop will be performing on the opening day of the festival, Saturday, April 20 at 1:30pm, at Central Market North.

The Austin Jazz Workshop features some of Austin’s finest professional jazz artists and is making it’s seventh TCMF appearance.  This year, they’ll be presenting “The Panther Prowls,” a tribute to the music of Henry Mancini and one of their most challenging programs yet.

AJW is a unique project that brings professional jazz musicians directly into public school classrooms.  Since incorporation as a nonprofit in 1994, the group has received rave reviews from educators, administrators, and kids across central Texas.  The AJW visits over 120 campuses each year.

Arts involvement is a wonderful motivator encouraging children to stay committed and excel in school.  The AJW’s primary mission is to remind students that music is fun, and something they can participate in.

AJW reaches out to third, fourth, and fifth graders as they begin weighing the crucial choices that will shape their middle and high school years.  Participation in band, orchestra, and choir increases their odds of staying in school–while at the same time developing skills and making lifelong friends within a positive peer group.

Please join the Austin Jazz workshop in its goal of providing positive choices for young people in central Texas!

You can read more about AJW and listen to some of their past programs at http://austinjazzworkshop.com/

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