Dakota Combo performs at Twin Cities Jazz Festival | June 28
JUN 28, 2014
Location: Twin Cities Jazz Festival
The Dakota Combo: Final Performances for the 2013-14 Season
June 28, 7 pm, DFJE Prince Street Stage, Youth Showcase, Twin Cities Jazz Festival (Saint Paul)
The 2013-2014 edition of the elite high school jazz ensemble, the Dakota Combo, announces final performances of the year. The Dakota Combo is a program of the MacPhail Center for Music, in partnership with the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education (DFJE). Initiated in fall 2006, the Combo is selected each September through open auditions, and rehearse and perform throughout the school year under the direction of Adam Linz, Jazz Coordinator for the MacPhail Center for Music. Graduates of the program have moved on to study at the nation’s top music programs, including the Berklee College of Music, Brubeck Institute, The Juilliard School, New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, Oberlin Conservatory, Lawrence Conservatory and New England Conservatory of Music.
This year’s Combo is a septet including Jack Courtright (trombone, Apple Valley High School), Ben Ehrlich (drums, Wayzata High School), Peter Goggin (saxophone, Mounds View High School), Will Kjeer (piano, Home School), Levi Schwartzberg (vibraphone, Southwest High School), Aiden Sponheim (trumpet, Southwest High School) and Sam Worthington (bass, Mounds View High School).
MacPhail Center for Music is a community resource for education and performance experiences in the musical arts. In operation for over 100 years, MacPhail is one of the nation’s oldest and largest community music schools with over 8,000 students of all ages. Visit www.macphail.org.
The Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education (DFJE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing jazz and education together. Since 1997 DFJE has been providing jazz education and performance opportunities that encourage an understanding, appreciation and enthusiasm for jazz among young audiences and developing musicians. Visit www.dfje.org.