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Hot Chili, Cool Jazz to be Offered at Beloit Memorial High School

Area residents are being invited to an afternoon of Hot Chili and Cool Jazz at Beloit Memorial High School on Sunday, Feb. 18.

The School District of Beloit Jazz Bands will be hosting the event from 2-5 p.m. at the high school cafeteria at 1225 Fourth St.

This event will feature selections performed by both Beloit Memorial High School Jazz Bands led by Chris Behrens and the Fruzen-Aldrich Jazz Ensemble led by Glenn Wilfong. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Children under 5 will be admitted for free.

“We are looking forward to bringing back a jazz dinner that was popular in the past, so audiences can see the impressive work our students are doing in our district jazz programs while enjoying a casual meal,” said Behrens, Director of Bands at Beloit Memorial High School. “We have very talented student musicians who perform and are recognized and honored regionally and nationally.”

Chili, hot dogs, chips, and drinks are on the menu, and jazz favorites by musicians such as Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, Count Basie, and others will be on the playlist.

This event will show the range of jazz programs in the school district and support students from the 6th to 12th grades as they demonstrate their interpretation of a truly American musical genre.

The School District of Beloit has a strong musical tradition, and students begin learning to play their instruments in 5th grade. By 6th grade, students are invited to audition for the middle-school jazz bands that rehearse early in the morning before school starts, requiring discipline and commitment from the young musicians. When they reach high school, band students audition again, vying for a spot in the Jazz Ensemble or the most competitive band, the Jazz Orchestra. It is the Beloit Memorial High School Jazz Orchestra that has competed in the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington competition 11 times in the past 15 years, hosted annually in New York City.

Source: Beloit Daily News