Free student Jazz Mentoring Workshop is offered

UPDATE: Due to weather conditions, this has been postponed to Tuesday, Feb. 15, at the same time and location.

The Sandy Maconochie Tribute Fund of the Ann Arbor Public Schools Educational Foundation is sponsoring a Jazz Mentoring Workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 2 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at Community High School’s Craft Auditorium, 401 N. Division St., Ann Arbor.

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All Ann Arbor Public Schools middle school and high school musicians are invited to participate in this free event, either for the full two hours or for part of the session.

Featured will be local professional jazz musicians Ben Jansson on saxophone, Ingrid Racine on trumpet, Duncan McMillian on piano, Paul Keller on bass and Sean Dobbins on drums. The group will share their talents and experiences in a hands-on experience for students.

Maconochie, who did many of these workshops when she was the Tappan Middle School Jazz Band director, said students can come by; no RSVP is needed. “The bigger the crowd, the more fun and good energy,” she said.

Students should bring their instruments and parents are welcome to stay, she said.

Maconochie, a co-band director at Tappan Middle School since 1984, retired from the Ann Arbor Public Schools in June 2010. “But I haven’t lost my passion to enjoy and share jazz with others, especially young musicians,” she added.

For more information about the Sandy Maconochie Tribute fund and the AAPS Educational Foundation, visit online.

Questions about the event may be directed to Maconochie via e-mail at

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