Jazz mentoring workshop rescheduled to Feb. 15

Jazz Mentoring Workshop graphicThe free Jazz Mentoring Workshop that was originally scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 2 has been rescheduled due to inclement weather.  The rescheduled date is: Tuesday, Feb. 15, 3:30-5:30 pm at Community High School, Craft Auditorium, 401 N. Division St., Ann Arbor, and the workshop schedule remains the same:
  • 3:30-4:15 Jazz Concert by pros for student/parent audience.
  • 4:15-5:15 Breakout Sessions per instrument.
  • 5:15-5:30 Jam Session  Student musicians are invited to come on stage and try a solo chorus or just listen from the audience.

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 Kurt Krahnke on bass, Bill Higgins on drums, Ben Jansson on saxophone, Ingrid Racine on trumpet and Duncan McMillian on piano. 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 sandramaconochie@comcast.net.

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