Middle and high school students from 27 schools in North Idaho and Eastern Washington will participate in jazz clinics Feb. 3 through Feb. 5 at North Idaho College during the annual JazzNIC festival, with a special concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 in Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center. The Feb. 4 concert will feature the NIC Jazz Ensemble directed by NIC Instructor Terry Jones and special guests. It is free and open to the public.
The area school band members will perform for the special guest clinicians – some of the Northwest’s finest musicians – during the three-day event. The public is 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. Feb. 3 through Feb. 5 in Boswell Hall Schuler Performing Arts Center.
Clinicians include University of Idaho professor Dan Bukvich, who is 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 provide feedback to students on the trombone. Whitman College professor Gary Gemberling will offer instruction on trumpet and vocals. He is active with the Idaho Music Educators Association and is an acclaimed performer, including performing as a soloist with the Spokane Symphony.
Songs will include “Check is in the Mail” by Gordon Goodwin; “Any Dude‘ll Do,” by Bill Holman; “When Sunny Gets Blue,” arranged by Frank Mantooth and featuring Bukvich, Al Gemberling and Gary Gemberling; “Moment of Sorrow,” by Tom Molter, featuring Al Gemberling; “Lullaby of Birdland,” arranged by Lennie Niehaus; “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” arranged by Quincy Jones; “The Doomsday Machine Meets Mr. Gelato,” by Ellen Rowe; “Gates Got Rhythm,” by Bukvich, featuring Bukvich; “I Remember Clifford,” featuring Gary Gemberling; “Tall Cotton by Sammy Nestico,” featuring Al Gemberling; “Can’t Buy Me Love,” arranged by Cy Payne, featuring Gary Gemberling; “Fools Rush In,” arranged by Dan Bukvich, featuring Dan Bukvich; “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing,” arranged by Dan Bukvich, featuring Bukvich, Al Gemberling and Gary Gemberling.
The JazzNIC concert and clinics are sponsored by the Associated Students of NIC (ASNIC).