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January 21, 2014 > Youth Dixieland Jazz Fest

Youth Dixieland Jazz Fest

Submitted By John Soulis

The East Bay Traditional Jazz Society will present the 7th Annual Youth Dixieland Festival at NewPark Mall on Saturday, January 25. This yearÕs festival will feature five Dixieland and Americana Bands from the Bay Area and Northern California. The Festival can be heard on the first floor of the NewPark Mall adjacent to SearsÕ inside entrance.

The East Bay Scout Band, directed by Joe Ayers, will kick-off our Festival at 11a.m. The Scout Band performs music from specific eras and geographical areas of the United States. The Scout band has performed in Washington DC and received high marks in all their performances.

Following the Scout Band at 12 noon will be the Jazz Raptors from Creekside Ranch Middle School, Roseville, California. This group of dedicated musicians rehearses before school at 7 a.m. This is the seventh time their director, Polly Edgerton, has brought her band to the NewPark Youth Dixieland Festival.

We will be treated to an ensemble of college students at 1 p.m. The name of this ensemble is the East Bay College All Star Dixieland Band. Taking on the task of bringing this group together is a former Jazzinator, Marc Messier. Messier has created this exceptional ensemble from alumni members of the Dixie Dominus, Green Tie, Boy Scout and the Jazzinators Jazz bands. Each one of these musicians has been exposed to this genre at an early age. They have continued their dedication and passion for this music and the melodies linger on.

At 2 p.m. is the ever popular Dixie Dominus, from Fremont Christian, directed by Thomas Banuelos. The Dixie Dominus performs as a youth band for the Sacramento Jazz Festival, as well-as other performances throughout Northern California. Mr. Banuelos draws upon his personal experience performing traditional jazz to help inspire and develop a new generation of Jazz musicians. The signature quality of this band is its eclectic style of performing a repertoire ranging from the standards, traditional Jazz and video game themes.

Jazzinators, the NewPark Mall Youth Dixieland Host Band, will round out this festival starting at 3 pm. The East Bay Traditional Jazz Society (EBTJS) functions to keep Jazz alive with youth programs. The Jazzinators originated in 2004 and is the Ôhome bandÕ of the Jazz Society, mentored by Mission Gold Jazz Band and directed by John Soulis. The EBTJS has sent well over 65 student/musicians to Jazz Camps on scholarships. The Jazzinators perform on regularly scheduled Tuesdays at Bronco BillyÕs Pizza Parlor, 41200 Blacow Rd., Fremont.

Youth Dixieland Festival
Saturday, Jan 25
11 a.m. Ð 4 p.m.
2086 NewPark Mall, Newark
Sears Court, First floor
(510) 657-0243

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