Hundreds of High School Musicians Are Performing at This Year's Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

June 17, 2013

Rochester, NY--June 17, 2013-- A record 21 regional high school jazz bands, and several Eastman Community Music School Honors Units and groups will perform at this year's Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF). They will join some of the finest musicians in the world from 17 countries at the nine-day event. This year's festival, June 21-29, will deliver more than 300 shows at 19 venues featuring more than 1200 artists.

The talented young musicians will perform on the City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage presented by The Community Foundation on Jazz Street (Gibbs Street) daily. All concerts are free, no tickets required. Food and beverages available on Jazz Street. All shows rain or shine. See schedule below.

Also, the annual Gerry Niewood XRIJF/Eastman School of Music Jazz Scholarship concert is Monday June 24 at 7:30PM at Eastman Theatre at Kodak Hall. The free concert will feature the:

- Eastman Jazz Ensemble directed by Bill Dobbins with special guest artist Mike Brignola on Baritone Sax.

- Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra led by Howard Potter.

- Presentation of scholarships to Ryder Eaton and C.J. Ziarniak

Jazz Workshops for Young Musicians

New series of five structured jazz workshops sponsored by Wegmans, hosted by Bob Sneider, Eastman School of Music Assistant Professor, and led by five visiting Made in the UK musicians performing at XRIJF. No registration required. Just show up! Attend one or more days.

High School Band and ECMS Performances on Jazz Street Stage

Friday June 21

3:45pm Pittsford-Mendon HS Jazz Band

4:30pm Hilton HS Jazz Band

5:15pm Canandaigua HS Jazz Band

6:00pm ECMS Jazz Combos W/Mike Kaupa & Paul Hofmann

Saturday June 22

3:45pm MCC Jazz Band

4:30pm Fairport HS Jazz Band

5:15pm Brighton HS Jazz Band

6:00pm ECMS Jazz Combo W/Bob Sneider

Sunday June 23

3:45pm Gates HS Jazz Band

4:30pm Pittsford-Sutherland HS Jazz Band

5:15pm Spencerport HS Jazz Band

6:00pm ESM Jazz Honors Unit 1

Monday June 24

4:30pm West Irondequoit HS Jazz Band

5:15pm Penfield HS Jazz Band

Tuesday June 25

4:30pm Greece-Athena HS Jazz Band

5:15pm Honeoye Falls HS Jazz Band

6:00pm ESM Jazz Honors Unit 2

7:30pm Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra+ New Horizons

Dance Band

Wednesday June 26

4:30pm Brockport HS Jazz Band

5:15pm Webster Thomas HS Jazz Band

6:00pm ESM-XRIJF Alumni Jazz Combo

Thursday June 27

4:30pm Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra Senior Combo

5:15pm Greece-Arcadia HS Jazz Band

6:00pm ECMS Saxology

Friday June 28

3:45pm Eastridge HS Jazz Band

4:30pm Greece-Olympia HS Jazz Band

5:15pm Newark HS Jazz Band

6:00pm ESM Jazz Honors Unit 3

Saturday June 29

3:45pm Webster Schroeder HS Jazz Band

4:30pm Amherst HS Jazz Band

5:15pm School Of The Arts Jazz Band

6:00pm ESM Jazz Honors Unit 4

About the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF)

The nine-day Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival presented by M&T Bank was founded in 2002 and is produced by John Nugent, Artistic Director and Marc Iacona, Executive Director. This year's 12th Edition, June 21-29, will feature a diverse and eclectic performance roster of 1,200-plus artists performing in more than 300 concerts including 81 free shows at 19 venues. The 2012 Festival drew more than 187,000 music lovers to hear some of the finest artists in the world perform.