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2010.02.16 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Great Plains Jazz Festival is Feb. 19-20

Omaha - Hundreds of high school students from the Midwest will travel to the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) this month for the 38th annual Great Plains Jazz Festival, Feb. 19-20.

Friday’s clinics and concerts will be held in the Strauss Performing Arts Center and the Milo Bail Student Center on the UNO campus. On Saturday, clinics and concerts will be held at the Holland Performing Arts Center, 13th and Douglas Streets in downtown Omaha.

Participating students will have the opportunity to work with experienced groups of clinicians and musicians during the two-day festival. Students will also be eligible to receive a UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival Scholarship. Renewable scholarships of up to $1,000 will be presented to up to three students who plan to attend UNO.

The United States Air Force Heartland of America Band, The Notables, will perform Friday, Feb. 19 at 12:30 p.m. The performance, at UNO’s Strauss Performing Arts Center, is free and open to the public. The Notables have appeared in concert and on national television with Bob Hope, jazz trumpeter Bobby Shew, composer/arranger Frank Mantooth, former “Tonight Show” band-leader Doc Severinsen and pop singer Lee Greenwood.

At 8 p.m. on the 19th, the Jim Widner Big Band, UNO’s Jazz I students and the Metropolitan Area Youth Jazz Orchestra will perform, also at the Strauss Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for the public. The Jim Widner Big Band is one of the nation’s premier jazz ensembles, having released five albums on the Chase record label. Widner holds a national reputation for educational summer jazz camps he has presented throughout the country for more than 20 years. Members of the Jim Widner Big Band are professional educators with extensive experience working with student musicians.

At 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, the Holland Performing Arts Center in downtown Omaha will welcome a concert by Bela Fleck – The Africa Project. Tickets are available at www.ticketomaha.com or by calling (402) 345-0606. Bela Fleck, a premier banjo player, has performed with jazz musicians Chick Corea and Lewis Porter. He has received 11 Grammy awards and 27 Grammy nominations.

For more information, contact Madsen at petermadsen@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-2297.

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