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Folsom youth get jazzy at 29th festival

By: Bill Sullivan, Associate Publisher
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Hundreds traveled to the campuses of Folsom High School and Rolling Hills Church Saturday, Jan. 27, for the 29th running of the Folsom Jazz Festival presented by the Folsom High School Music Boosters.

From early morning until well after 9.p.m., both locations were home to the sweet sounds of more than 140 middle school and high school jazz bands, vocal jazz choirs, and jazz combos from all throughout California and Nevada.

Most music festivals are earlier in the school year compared to Folsom’s. This makes for a unique event as the students performing have had much of the school year to prepare for the extensive numbers they perform for their audience.

“The festival was a success in all the important categories this year,” said Jon Augustine, publicity chair for the Folsom High School Music Boosters. “Attendance was high, the entire states of California and Nevada were represented in the groups who participated, and each category had top notch groups who well represented their regions. Next year is our 30th year, and we can’t wait.”

Guest artists for Saturday’s festival included the Sacramento State Jazz Choir, as well as the internationally renowned Jacam Manricks Band and The Ron Cunha Big Band.

All proceeds from Saturday’s festival benefit the Folsom High School music programs. For more information about this event and program, go to FolsomMusic.org.