2nd Annual Golden Triangle Jazz Festival
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About The Event
The mission of the Golden Triangle Jazz Festival is to focus on Jazz education, and the adjudication of middle and high school jazz bands. The festival also includes an active involvement from colleges and universities which are interested in recruiting fine jazz performers. This festival, in turn creates designated funding to provide music and leadership summer camp scholarships to festival-sponsoring school participants. This free cultural event is open to the public. Our vision is to be a premier jazz event in the southern United States, offering Jazz adjudication, entertainment, educational and recruiting opportunities while maintaining high quality standards.
This annual event began in 2018 as an agreement between Mr. Matthew Flenner, Band Director at Eustis High School, Jamie Melanson, Parent at Eustis High School, and the City of Eustis as a free community wide cultural event. In 2018 we had the help of Mr. Mr. Michael Uhrich, Mount Dora High School Director, Brittany Curley Umatilla High School Director and Lindsey Crouch Umatilla Middle School Director. Each year organizers of this event create a bridge across community, government, education and the arts. This bridge creates a showcase that is as beneficial to the participants as it is enjoyable to those who attend. Students, parents, music professionals, and teachers all converge at this festival to promote music and kindle the passion so many of these musicians have for Jazz. It is a community event which brings the community together:
• student volunteers, adult volunteers and event chairmen volunteer numerous hours over a year to bring about the two day event.
• local business partners participate by donating food and money for the event
• since 2018 we have given away $550 in summer music scholarships to out Golden Triangle students.
In 2018 we also welcome Colt Bushman Tavares High School Director and Mr. Doug Yopp Retired Golden Triangle Area Band Director to our planning team.