jazzWinona State University Department of Music will present the 13th Annual Honor Jazz Festival Friday, Nov. 11-12 at the Vivian Fusillo Main Stage Theatre in the WSU Performing Arts Center.

The WSU Jazz Ensemble will perform with special guests U.S.A.F. Shades of Blue Jazz Combo at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11.

The 13th Annual High School Honor Jazz Festival students will present their concert at 4:30 p.m.  Saturday, Nov. 12.

The seven-piece U.S.A.F. combo will host free  instrumental workshops for students from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 in the Performing Arts Center.

U.S.A.F. Shades of Blue Jazz Combo will present a concert with student soloists from the high school honor jazz festival at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov.12.

The U.S. Air Force Shades of Blue Jazz Combo is made up of seven outstanding musicians, members of the U.S.A.F. Band of Mid-America.

The Band of Mid-America, based in the St. Louis, Mo. area, has a long history of entertaining the American public and promoting esprit de corps within the military.  The unit strives to inspire the hearts and minds of our men and women serving around the world and to tell the Air Force story through the universal language of music.  Each year, the Band of Mid-America performs for millions of people throughout a ten-state region from the upper peninsula of Michigan to Arkansas.

The High School Honor Jazz Festival Concert includes 42 outstanding high school musicians from 15 area schools.

All three concerts are free and open to the public.

Donations will be accepted at evening concerts to support the Winona County Veteran’s Van Transport Program.

For more information, contact Richard MacDonald at RMacdonald@winona.edu.