Annual NIC jazz concert to tribute Tom Emerson

Hundreds of middle school and high school students from across the region will participate in jazz clinics Jan. 30 through Feb. 1 at North Idaho College during the annual JazzNIC program.

Band members from school districts across the region will perform for special guest clinicians during the event. Clinicians include University of Idaho professor Dan Bukvich, who is also an internationally-known composer whose works have been performed at the Lincoln Center and the Vatican. University of Idaho professor and band conductor Alan Gemberling will also provide feedback to students. Lewiston High School band director Gary Gemberling, Alan’s brother, is the final clinician. He is active with the Idaho Music Educators Association and is an acclaimed performer, including performing as a soloist with the Spokane Symphony.

Each of the clinicians will be featured soloists and will perform with the NIC Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Co. choir in the concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 in Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center.

The NIC Jazz Ensemble will perform a special commissioned piece by Bukvich titled “Radio Blues” honoring the life of longtime Coeur d’Alene resident Tom Emerson. The jazz piece has a blues flavor and tributes Emerson’s passion for music and his connection to New Orleans having worked there for a number of years. Tom is the son of Tom Emerson, Sr., a former North Idaho College trustee, as well as the brother of honorary alumnus Sandy Emerson and brother-in-law of Jeanne Emerson, a retired English instructor who taught at NIC for more than 30 years.

Other pieces performed by the NIC Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Co. jazz choir and guest clinicians include “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby” arranged by Tom Tucker, “Fanfare for the Common Cat” by Dan Cox, “Sing, Sang, Sung” arranged by Gordon Goodwin and the Blood, Sweat and Tears song “God Bless the Child” with Gary Gemberling on lead vocals.

The concert is free and open to the public. The public is also welcome to watch performances by the visiting middle and high school groups, which will perform every hour on the hour beginning at 8 a.m. Jan. 30 through Feb. 1 in Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center.

The JazzNIC concert and clinics are sponsored by the Associated Students of NIC (ASNIC).

Information: (208) 769-3276 or

JazzNIC Band and Choir Clinic Schedule

All clinics will be held in Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center on North Idaho College’s main Coeur d’Alene campus.

Monday, Jan. 30
8 a.m.                             Woodland Middle School               Coeur d’Alene School District
9 a.m.                             Canfield Middle School                  Coeur d’Alene School District
10 a.m.                           Sandpoint Middle School Choir     Lake Pend Oreille School District
11 a.m.                           Centennial Middle School               West Valley School District
12:30 p.m.                      Clark Fork Junior/Senior High         Lake Pend Oreille School District
1:30 p.m.                        Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy    Coeur d’Alene School District
2:30 p.m.                        Sandpoint Middle School                Lake Pend Oreille School District
3:30 p.m.                        Kellogg High School                       Kellogg Joint School District
4:30 p.m.                        Cd’A Charter Academy Choir        Coeur d’Alene School District
5:30 p.m.                        East Valley High School                  East Valley School District

Tuesday, Jan. 31
8 and 10 a.m.                 Post Falls High School                     Post Falls School District
9 and 11 a.m.                 Northwood Middle School              Mead School District
12:30 and 2:30 p.m.       Sandpoint High School Band          Lake Pend Oreille School District
1:30, 3:30-5:30 p.m.       Sandpoint High School Choir          Lake Pend Oreille School District

Wednesday, Feb. 1
8 a.m.                             Coeur d’Alene High School             Coeur d’Alene School District
9 and 11 a.m.                 Mountainside Middle School          Mead School District 
10 a.m.                           Horizon Middle School                   Central Valley School District
12:30 p.m.                      Shadle Park High School                 Spokane Public School District
1:30 and 3:30 p.m.         Lewis and Clark High School          Spokane Public School District
2:30 and 4:30 p.m.         Lake City High School                    Coeur d’Alene School District

For More Information
NIC Director of Bands Terry Jones, (208) 769-3258 or

Posted: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012

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