High School Jazz Bands To Take Palace Stage

The Smithsonian Museum launched Jazz Appreciation Month in 2001 as an annual event that pays tribute to jazz both as a historic and living American art form. It has since grown to include celebrations in all 50 states and 40 countries.

The Marion Palace Theatre has plans to join the celebration with “And All That Jazz,” a concert featuring performances from several area high school jazz/swing bands including Pleasant, Mt. Gilead, Colonel Crawford, River Valley, and Harding’s Stardusters.

Now in its fourth year, this event highlights a year’s worth of dedication and practice, as the young musicians’ talents shine through in this concert.

While each group’s director is still making final song selections for this year’s concert, past years have included music like “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “It’s A Wonderful World,” “Blues Bari Pie,” “In The Mood,” and “Route 66,” to name a few.

Tickets for “And All That Jazz,” which is sponsored by the U.S. Open Commission, are only $8 for adults and $5 for students and available by contacting the Marion Palace Theatre by phone at 740/383-2101 or visiting the box office at 276 W. Center St. in downtown Marion.

Box office hours are 9:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday, 9:00am-noon Saturday, and closed Sunday. Information about this and other events is online at www.marionpalace.org.

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