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JSU to hold Jazz Festival this weekend

This year, the Jacksonville State University Jazz Program will hold the fourth annual Jazz Festival on March 6th. High school and college groups from the area will gather to attend the Festival.

The Jazz Festival is a non-competitive educational and musical experience that is designed to grow the love of jazz by gathering students, directors and guest clinicians in one place.

According to Dr. Andy Nevala, a jazz professor here at JSU, “every major Jazz Program in the country has a festival of some sort.”

JSU’s festival is to help recruit new students, spread awareness of Jazz Education, and provide the city of Jacksonville and JSU an opportunity to hear students perform at a high level.

In accordance with this, most of the day students will spend in classrooms, clinics and masterclasses.

About 20 bands will be participating in the festival this year, ten of which are JSU groups and combos.
In all, four JSU Jazz ensembles, six combos and the JSU Latin Ensemble, as well bands from Gadsden State Community College, Northeast Alabama Community College, Jacksonville High School, White Plains High School, Southside High School, and Escambia County High School will be participating.

Clinicians will provide written and verbal feedback to directors and students and each participating school will be awarded a commemorative plaque.

Nevala says of the guests, “That’s all the space we have. Without an adequate performance facility, we are limited at what we can do and who we can bring to campus.”

While the Jazz Festival is designed primarily for students, it is a public event and there will be live performances throughout the day that all are invited to attend.

Not only will the festival be open to the public, but the festival is also serving as the release party for the JSU Jazz Ensemble I and faculty’s CD.

Nevala says of the CD, “Our goal was to make a quality CD to promote JSU and its growing Jazz Program, to help with recruitment and to give our students who participated something they could be proud of. I remember each of the cd’s I have played on; I hope the students will always remember all the hard work and sacrifices that went into recording this one.”

The CD includes 3 Radiohead songs and 2 Jim McNeeley arrangements that the Jazz Ensemble performs. The jazz faculty recorded original compositions by Dr. Dave Lambert and Chris Enghauser, with a Jazz Trio arrangement of “Sweet Home Alabama.”

The CD and several different shirt designs will be available at the festival for a $10 donation.
The festival begins at 9 a.m., with clinics and masterclasses taking place at 11 a.m. After the noon concert, there will be more clinics and masterclasses on every instrument, with performances by the bands from 2-5 p.m.

The noon concert, which will be held in the Leone Cole Auditorium, will be a brown bag concert and all are invited to spend their lunch listening to jazz music and enjoying their lunch.
The performances will be split between the Leone Cole Auditorium and the Theron Montgomery Building Auditorium

Christiana Tyler
Arts & Entertainment Editor

JSU’s Circle K club collects crayons for Children’s Hospital

Who doesn’t like coloring? As college students, many of us don’t get to color anymore but still appreciate when we have the time to color between the lines.

Here on Jacksonville State University’s campus, the Circle K organization knows how much coloring means, both to older people like college students, and to children.

Considering this, Circle K on campus is preparing to hold the annual Crayons for Kids collection drive, which aims at having coloring supplies donated to be taken to Children’s Hospital over the winter break and given to children who will be spending their holidays in the hospital.

Kimberly Anderson, president of the campus Circle K club, says of the organization, “This is Circle K’s 5th year on campus and we have done Crayons for Kids every year since we started.”

Usually, the organization is very successful when holding the drive, having over 1,000 coloring books and crayon boxes each donated two years ago.

Last year they donated only about 350 books and crayon boxes, but were also able to purchase a wagon and donate to the hospital for use by families trying to get around while having children and belongings to care for.

JSU’s Circle K group has the motto of ‘live to serve, love to serve,’ and that seems like the case here. Circle K International, the organization that encompasses JSU’s Circle K group, is the premier collegiate and university community service, leadership development, and friendship organization in the world according to the CKI’s website and has more than 13,000 members in 17 different nations.

Each club, including the one here on the JSU campus, is organized and sponsored by a Kiwanis club.

Collectively, CKI members perform more than one million hours of service on their campuses and in their communities every year.

Anderson says of the other activities that the club does each year, “We do work with Children’s Hospital other times throughout the semesters doing wagon clean up days where we give all of the hospital’s wagons a good cleaning. We also have a Spring Fun Night that we host where the kids can come and participate in games, karaoke, face painting and eat pizza.”

As many can see, the Crayons for Kids campaign is only one of the many activities that Circle K here on campus participates in, but none of the initiatives would do anything without the help from those around Jacksonville.

Circle K is asking that students, staff, professors and residents of the city Jacksonville step up and help bring a smile to children’s faces.

This can be done by bringing coloring books, crayons, unwrapped toys or monetary donations to specified drop off points during the month of November.

Specifically, the drop off dates will be November 11, 13, 19 and 21 in the Theron Montgomery Building lobby on the JSU campus from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Anyone can participate, as either an individual bringing a single coloring book, to organizations that bring many.

The organization that donates the most supplies to Circle K will be able to send five members with Circle K when the supplies are donated to Children’s Hospital.

For more information, contact club president Kimberly Anderson at kanderson3@jsu.edu or Public Relations Chair Isiah Burgin at iburgin@jsu.edu. Information can also be found at the JSU Circle K Facebook page by searching JSU Circle K International.

Christiana Tyler
Arts & Entertainment Editor