Annual Jazz Festival scheduled

Festival to take place at F-F High School

FONDA — Community members are invited to jazz it up at Fonda-Fultonville’s 16th annual Jazz Festival.

The jazz festival will be an all-day event on Thursday beginning at 8:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the F-F High School auditorium.

The festival is an Academic Jazz Festival for high school and middle school ensembles.

Throughout the day a total of 20 ensembles are scheduled perform. Each ensemble will perform three songs, said Chad Lenig, F-F high school band director.

“This is a great opportunity for Montgomery County to not only hear the students perform, but also to hear jazz which isn’t often showcased here,” Lenig said.

The event will be spread out into three sessions: a morning session, afternoon session and evening session.

Admission for the morning session and the afternoon session is free, but the evening session which starts at 5 p.m. will be $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens.

“For the first time the festival has been large enough to accommodate to a show as large,” Lenig said.

He said this is the first time the festival has grown to include an evening session.

There will also be a four-person adjudicator panel there to judge the ensembles.

Those adjudicators include Sherrie Maricle, director of the DIVA Jazz Orchestra in New York City; Doug Sertl, a trombonist; Keith Krey, a saxophonist; and Michael Craner, a bassist and the Schuylerville High School band director.

The panel will be judging each ensemble and will give out awards. There will also be an award given out to the outstanding music performer of the day.

Also for the for the first time this year, there will be a special performance by Directors Big Band.

“It is a jazz ensemble of all band directors,” Lenig said.

He said they will perform five pieces.

The Directors Big Band will also feature the four guest artists who are on the adjudicator panel.

Lenig said he is excited for the jazz festival.

Lenig said an event such as the jazz festival help teach students organization since they help to organize the festival. He said it also teaches students craft, commitment, dedication and understanding of jazz.

“I’m excited to see the different groups over the area, to see what different directors are doing, what ensembles are learning and hearing their strengths,” Lenig said.