Albemarle Jazz Academy Helps Kids Connect With Jazz

By: News Email
By: News Email

July 24, 2013

The Albemarle Jazz Academy is a summer band camp that helps middle and high school students in the county connect with jazz. This is the second year for the Jazz Academy.

Around 60 kids from several schools in the county came out for the camp, and guest instructors from around the area came to help train them to play. They say that not only teach them how to play the notes, but how to listen, since improvisation is an important part of jazz music.

"They get some opportunities in school, but a lot of them don't go out and listen to jazz." says Andrew Laprade, the Music Director at Burley Middle School. "we want to bring in some guests, give them a chance to play with each other, kids they don't get to play with in their school day because we mix all the schools together."

To show off their new found skills, the students will put on a concert on at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion at noon on Friday 26, 2013.

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