Jazz Fest at the Nest

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On May 7th, 2022, we will be hosting the first ever "Jazz Fest at the Nest" at our beautiful campus, and first-class College of the Arts facilities from 8am-6pm.  We are very excited for this opportunity to make jazz education fun, easy, cost effective, and mutually beneficial for your students and your music program.  

You, as the jazz educator, will be able to nominate students you feel would benefit from, and contribute to this event.  Students will be sorted into jazz groups by our team based on experience, skill level, and director recommendation. What types of groups?  We will offer big band ensembles and (limited) jazz combo groups.

Our inaugural festival will be only on Saturday, and will culminate in a final concert featuring the student ensembles and the Kennesaw State University Jazz Faculty Parliament (faculty performing ensemble).  

Download the Jazz Fest at the Nest Flyer!
    • Immersion into a collaborative learning domain with the opportunity to be successful.
    • Master-classes by our world-renowned Kennesaw State University jazz faculty members.
    • Instruction in idiomatic style, jazz improvisation, and active listening.
    • A relaxed, fun environment focused on learning and performing this uniquely American art form. 
    • Scheduled rehearsals
    • Master classes
    • Lunch at the commons
    • Final performance and awards ceremony
  • Nominate students to audition for the following groups:

    • two 21-piece Big Bands,
    • one 10-piece little Big Band,
    • three 9-piece combos

    A limited number of vocalists will be accepted due to space and equipment demands.

  • We are beyond excited to welcome you to the 1st Annual Jazz Fest at the Nest (get it – we’re Owls?) Below, you will see many downloadable parts. Here are the general guidelines for you.

    1.  Download the appropriate part for you, below. 

    1. If you are auditioning for lead trumpet, or bass trombone, there are specific audition materials for those instruments.
    2. All parts (except Guitar) are designed to go with this MIDI file online (mp3).
    3. Guitar part is from a different song, and you may listen to it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5K6JZfuAjg
    4. Those wishing to improvise should provide 2 choruses of blues, in the key of your choice. For that, we would like to hear the background track.
    5. Here is one example of a backing track that you might use (if improvising in F concert). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg-Ea7aCb1E&t=72s

    2.   On all of the parts, you will see instructions about the part(s) to be performed.  

    3.   All auditions MUST be video to be considered.  Audio only auditions will NOT be accepted.

    4.   You should perform the excerpt without any background (MIDI file or YouTube video).

    5.   Once completed, come back here and click “Upload my audition video” and follow the instructions. This will take you to a WuFoo form where you can give us your information and a link to your video audition. 

    6.  You will be notified via email about your acceptance status.  Your possible results would be “Accepted,” “Try again next year,” or “Alternate player.”  The alternate player is someone who would attend if someone got sick, or was unable to make it.

    7.  In the email, there will be a link to make your payment online.  Payments must be received no later than April 30 in order to secure your spot.  After that date, alternates will be contacted.

    8.  On the day of the festival, your directors will listen to you throughout the day, and will meet to discuss who will be invited to perform with the KSU Faculty Jazz Group that afternoon.  

    9.  Everyone will perform in concert on that same day, in late afternoon (schedule is still being put together).

    10.  If you have ANY questions, please email: jazz@kennesaw.edu

    So excited to meet you!

    Tyrone Jackson, Festival Coordinator

    Rob Opitz, Festival Assistant Coordinator

  • Ready, set, GO! Submit your video audition below! Questions? Please email jazz@kennesaw.edu

    Submit Video Audition
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    • 8:00 -– 9:00 a.m.

      9:00 – 9:15 a.m.

      REGISTRATION
      Faculty Parliament is introduced and performs 1 or 2 songs.
    • 9:20 – 11:30 a.m.
      Big Band 1
      Rehearsal
      Sam
      Big Band 2
      Rehearsal
      Rob
      COMBO 3
      Rehearsal
      Trey
      COMBO 4
      Rehearsal
      Justin
      COMBO 5
      Rehearsal
      Marc
      COMBO 6 or little Big Band
      Rehearsal
      Wes
    • 11:35 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
      Lunch
    • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
      Saxophone Clinic
      Sam
      Trumpet/Trb
      Clinic
      Rob, Wes
      Rhythm Section Clinic
      Marc, Justin
      Vocal Clinic
      Karla, Tyrone
      Guitar Clinic
      Trey
      (could meet in Trey’s office)
       
    • 2:05 – 4:30 p.m.
      Big Band 1 Rehearsal
      Sam
      Big Band 2
      Rehearsal
      Rob
      COMBO 3    Rehearsal
      Trey
      COMBO 4 Rehearsal  Justin
      COMBO 5 Rehearsal    Marc
      COMBO 6 or little Big Band Rehearsal
      Wes
    • 5:00 p.m.
      Adjudicated (Awards) Concert 
    • 6:30 p.m. 
      Dinner/Debriefing for Clinicians

     

    • Sam Skelton - Big Band 1
    • Rob Opitz (asst. coordinator) - Big Band 2/Assistant Coordinator
    • Trey Wright - Combo 1
    • Justin Chesarek - Combo 2
    • Marc Miller - Combo 3
    • Wes Funderburk - Little Big Band or Combo 4
    • Karla Harris - Clinician for Master Class
    • Luke Weathington - Additional Clinician 
    • Tyrone Jackson - Coordinator/Administrative/ Clinician
    • Tyrone Jackson - Coordinator, Piano clinician
    • Rob Opitz - Assistant coordinator, Trumpet clinician
    • Sam Skelton, Luke Weathington - Saxophone clinicians
    • Wes Funderburk - Trombone clinician
    • Justin Chesarek - Drum Set clinician
    • Trey Wright - Guitar clinician
    • Marc Miller - Bass clinician
    • Karla Harris - Vocal jazz clinician
  • For more information, please contact: jazz@kennesaw.edu

 

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