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The Fond du Lac Jazz Festival Presents:

The mission of the Fond du Lac Jazz Ensemble is two-fold: to expose our audiences to great jazz and blues performances and to support the cause of music education. The Honors Jazz Ensemble is perhaps the most innovative of the organization's music education programs, which through the years have included more than 100 music scholarships and many student jazz workshops.

Created in 1999 by Jazz Festival board member Kay "Gus" Gainacopulos, a music professor at UW-Oshkosh, the Jazz Ensemble program provides a vehicle for young musicians to gain a fuller understanding of the artistry of jazz while honing their skills to achieve greater mastery of the craft. In addition, it gives its members an opportunity they would not likely have otherwise -- the chance to play on a regular basis with jazz-focused musicians from other schools, under the guidance of a college jazz instructor.

The 2007 Honors Jazz Ensemble is comprised of talented musicians from Fond du Lac, North Fond du Lac, Oshkosh West, Oshkosh Lourdes, Ripon and Neenah high schools. Selected through an audition process, the members practice regularly under the direction of UW-Oshkosh music professor Marty Robinson and Fond du Lac’s Marian College music professor Brian Lydeen. The group gains valuable performance experience by serving as the opening act of the headline performer at the Fond du Lac Jazz Festival each year.”

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