Sunshine Jazz Festival 2015The Sunshine Jazz Festival is designed to raise awareness in public high school and assist youth in West Orange County in obtaining resources for participating in music activities in their current and post secondary endeavors. It is a presentation of jazz, dance, spoken word, and art from youth and local artists. It is the creative expression of local and nationally-known artists, musicians, and performers to exhibit their art form.

The Sunshine Jazz Festival is a compilation of successful programs such as the Leadership Workshop (1999), Marching for Education (2001), Miami-Dade Florida Summer Band Camp (2004), Youth Film Intensive (2012), and the Triple “A” Festival (2007-2012) that has exposed thousands to the arts and music; raising over $10,000 in scholarships. It is a collaborative partnership to increase awareness and participation in music and the arts in the public high school system. The potential exists to expand this partnership to neighboring County schools for under-served communities.

Proceeds from this festival will help talented youth in support of arts and music programming in West Orange County. We anticipate an audience of 800 of Orlando’s corporate and community leaders, local and regional government officials, educators and students to be in attendance to help fulfill our mission of “Building futures through music, art, and education”. In partnership with Ocoee High School, this event provides young jazz artists an additional performance outlet and access to collegiate programs and professional jazz artists. Additionally, the youth will have the opportunity to audition for music scholarships with top college music programs in the country.

DURING THE DAY:  The festival has a clinic session. This component provides increased visibility and career opportunities for middle and high school students who may be interested in pursuing music in their educational endeavors. During this session, (18) local middle and high school jazz bands will perform for a panel of three professional jazz adjudicators. Each band will receive a written and verbal critique of their performance from each panelist. Immediately following the band’s performance they will receive a clinic session with one of the judges. During this clinic the jazz professional will have the opportunity to work specifically on aspects that will enhance the band’s performance as well as broaden the student’s jazz knowledge and capacity. Each band will also have the opportunity to observe one another which is another valuable aspect of a proper music education experience. This also serves as an educational and mentoring opportunity for students.

Additionally, the bands will receive a complete Audio recording of their performance and video of the following clinic, all courtesy of our partner Matt Farrington of the Garden Music School in Winter Gardenwww.gardenmusicschool.com.

DURING THE EVENING: The Sunshine Jazz Festival offers an evening performance featuring local and national artists.