Jazz Day opens the minds of young musicians, says Andrea Baker Wilkerson, director of Lancer Jazz Big Band.

The 7th Annual Jazz Day was held on Saturday March 16 at the Creveling Lounge and V-111.

Wilkerson, said the purpose for the event had two purposed.  “[One, to] show case the bands we have here [at PCC] and second to invite students for a day of education,” said Wilkerson.

According to Wilkerson last year there were 10 schools participated in the event and this year there were 13 schools participating this year. Eight schools performed in Creveling Lounge and five schools were in V-111.

During the day the schools that were participating also had clinics with two of the guests that were invited to the event, who were Gary Foster and Steve Wilkerson.

Gary Foster was the first clinician when Jazz Day started seven years ago, said Wilkerson. According to the program, Foster was also a staff member of PCC from 1971-1991.

The event was non-competitive but was for educational purposes, “It was well received and it helps prepare bands for their competitions that are coming up soon,” said Wilkerson.

The main event was at noon. While the students and music directors were enjoying their pizza the Lancer Jazz Big Band and PCC Commercial Music Ensemble performed for them. The two guest clinicians Gary Foster and Steve Wilkerson also performed.

Tina Shirmeirter, trombone player from Royal High School in Simi Valley, said she likes coming to Jazz Day, this was her second time coming to the event. “I really like coming [to Jazz Day] its a lot of fun,” said Shirmeirter.

Paul Pate music director at Royal High School said the event was wonderful. “We like coming here, we always get great help from the clinicians,” said Pate.


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