Annual Jazz Fest is just around the corner | Kenosha Unified School District

Annual Jazz Fest is just around the corner

The Kenosha Unified School District Department of Fine Arts, in collaboration with Dave Sturino of Hansen’s Pool and Spa, will present the Annual Jazz Festival on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at Indian Trail High School and Academy, 6800 60th St. The public is welcome to attend all activities leading up to the evening performance.

Students will be involved in performance sessions with guest artists and clinicians Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Festival activities will conclude with a public performance at 6:30 p.m. featuring all KUSD jazz ensembles and the KUSD alumni/staff ensemble. Tickets for the evening performance are $8 (all seats are reserved) and can be purchased at

Having amassed 21 Grammy nominations, four statues and three Emmy wins, Gordon Goodwin is the most decorated big band leader of the 21st century. He is leader of Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band, an internationally known ensemble with a reputation as one of the most exciting large ensembles in jazz. The Big Phat Band has released seven critically acclaimed records, its most recent being “Life in the Bubble,” which garnered four Grammy nominations, and won the Grammy for best large ensemble album.

Gordon’s composing for film and television has garnered him three Emmy Awards. He has written and worked with artists like Ray Charles, Christina Aguilera, Johnny Mathis, John Williams, Natalie Cole, David Foster, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme and Quincy Jones. His charts are played all over the world and have been a robust source of inspiration and learning for thousands of young musicians.

This year’s festival is made possible by generous donations from Hansen’s Pool & Spa. Participating KUSD band directors are Karl Mueller, Bradford High School; John Nepper, Harborside Academy; Kenneth Wiele, Indian Trail High School and Academy; Kathy Ripley, Tremper High School; Mike Monk, Mahone Middle School; Jeremy Kriedeman, Lance Middle School; Randy Rovik, Lincoln Middle School; Katie Poole, Bullen Middle School and Lucas Dickinson, Washington Middle School.

For additional information, please contact Scott Plank, coordinator of fine arts, at 262-359-6388.