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Monday, January 5, 2009

Congratulations to the Tate High School Symphonic Jazz Ensemble

I received this email this morning, from the Mike Philley, Director of Jazz Studies at Tate High School. This is excellent news about a great music program here in Escambia County. Congratulations are in order for these students and the staff at Tate.

Teachers & Staff,

I'm pleased to announce that the Tate High School Symphonic Jazz Band has been selected to compete in the Swing Central High School Jazz Band Competition in Savannah, Georgia March 25-27, 2009. We are one of only twelve (12) bands from across the nation that were selected for this honor.

SWING CENTRAL is open to high school jazz bands from across the country. Committed to enhancing studies of the jazz tradition in the South, this program fuses an established high-quality mentorship program with a youth jazz band competition of national scope.The students will spend a day in workshops with some of the most prominent names in jazz today such as Jason Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, James Ketch, and John Clayton to name a few. They will compete on Friday, March 27th for cash prizes ($5,000 for 1st place, $2,500 for 2nd place, and $1,000 for 3rd place) and the opportunity to perform on the finale concert with the guest artists.For any additional information or questions regarding this exciting event, please contact me via email or phone (850) 937-2321 ext. 1.


Mike Philley
Asst. Director of Bands/Director of Jazz Studies
J.M. Tate High School
1771 N. Tate RoadCantonment, FL 32533

Additional information about this competition is here:

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