Jazz Festival

March 4 & 5, 2020
Featuring Donny McCaslin

Concerts - March 4 & 5

  • The Donny McCaslin Trio performs at the Community Concert Hall on Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30pm. Purchase your tickets today!
  • Donny McCaslin will be performing with our FLC Jazz Band on Thursday, March 5th at 7:30 in the Community Concert Hall. Admission is free of charge.

Master Class - March 5

  • Donny McCaslin will be giving a master class as part of our jazz festival in the Community Concert Hall at noon on Thursday, March 5

Competition - March 5

Bands start competing in the morning and run throughout the day.  

Registration: $200/band.

Important Information:

  • Each band warms up in the band room 30 minutes prior to their performance time.
  • Each band gets a clinic directly after their performance. Clinics are held in Jones 253 (Music Education Lab)
  • Your performance time includes taking and exiting the stage; you have 30 minutes total.
  • To be eligible to compete for the evening performance, your band must be comprised only of students in your school category; middle school or high school. (You may have a younger student in your high school band competing at the high school level.

About Donny McCaslin

Donny McCaslinDays before his January 2016 death, David Bowie released his final album, Blackstar. While the record represented an endpoint for the legendary artist, it also marked a new beginning for jazz lifer Donny McCaslin who, armed with his saxophone, defined Blackstar's visionary stylistic fusion.

Now, two and a half years after Blackstar's release, McCaslin returns with a new album, Blow., a new definitive statement that fully realizes Bowie's influence and McCaslin’s evolved artistic direction. "Before working with him, things like this didn't seem possible to me," McCaslin says of Blow., the most daring work of his two-decade, GRAMMY®-nominated career – set for October 5 release on Motéma Music. "The affirmation of that project and how wonderfully that turned out artistically — I feel like anything is possible now."

Despite McCaslin's extensive, acclaimed career — he grew up gigging with his father's jazz ensembles in Santa Cruz, California, attended Boston's esteemed Berklee College of Music, and began his recording career in the late '90s — collaborating with Bowie altered how he approached his craft. "His aesthetic in the studio was, 'Go for what you're hearing, don't worry about what it's going to be called or categorized as,'" McCaslin recalls of the late icon. "'Let's have some fun. Let's make some music.'" With the expansive, diverse Blow., McCaslin takes Bowie's philosophy to heart.

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