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Renowned Jazz Trombone Player to Prep LM Ensemble Before Competition

Wycliffe Gordon will be coming to Lower Morealnd High School on Feb. 21 to help the Jazz Ensemble before its national competition in Savannah, Georgia.

As part of their acceptance to the "Swing Central Jazz Festival" in Savannah, Georgia, the Lower Moreland Jazz Ensemble will be receiving a guest clinic by renowned jazz trombone player Wycliffe Gordon.

Gordon, who is a clinician in the festival, will come to the High School on Feb. 21 for a two-and-a-half-hour session to get the the LM musicians ready for the festival. It will take place in the High School band room from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Lower Moreland Jazz Ensemble was selected as one of only 12 high school jazz ensembles from across the country to be invited to perform in this festival after submitting a recorded audition to the Swing Central Jazz judges. LM also qualified for the competition last year under the direction of Erin Stroup.

VIDEO: Lower Moreland Jazz Ensemble performs Sweet Georgia Brown

This year, the competing schools are as follows:

  • Agoura High School Jazz “A” from Agoura High School (Agoura Hills, CA)
  • Charleston School of the Arts Jazz from Charleston School of the Arts (Charleston, SC)
  • Camden Creative Arts Jazz Band from Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy (Camden, NJ)
  • Denver School of the Arts Jazz Workshop Orchestra from Denver School of the Arts (Denver, CO)
  • Downers Grove South High School Jazz Ensemble from Downers Grove South High School (Downers Grove, IL)
  • Grissom High School “A” Jazz Band from Grissom High School (Huntsville, AL)
  • Lower Moreland High School Jazz Ensemble from Lower Moreland High School (Huntingdon Valley, PA)
  • Overton High School Blue Jazz Ensemble from Overton High School (Memphis, TN)
  • Savannah Arts Academy Jazz Band One from Savannah Arts Academy (Savannah, GA)
  • Tarpon Springs High School Jazz Ensemble I from Tarpon Springs High School (Tarpon Springs, FL)
  • The Lovett School Jazz Ensemble from The Lovett School (Atlanta, GA)

The 2013 SWING CENTRAL JAZZ clinician team includes:

Trumpets
Jim Ketch
Marcus Printup
Terell Stafford

Saxophones
Bill Kennedy
Stephen Riley
Jack Wilkins

Trombones
Wycliffe Gordon
Ron Westray
Paul McKee

Guitar
Dave Stryker

Drums
Jason Marsalis
Leon Anderson
Herlin Riley

Bass
Carlos Henriquez
Rodney Jordan
Rodney Whitaker

Piano
Marcus Roberts
Aaron Diehl
Dan Nimmer
Bill Peterson

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