West Salem Jazz Festival – Saturday, February 9

Dear Jazz Band Members & Chaperones, I’m really looking forward to Saturday, February 9th. While this is a competitive event, please focus on just making beautiful music, supporting each other AND other groups, and having fun at the Wycliffe Gordon https://wycliffegordon.com/ workshops and performance. Wycliffe will be performing during our noon concert hour, and again prior to our evening awards ceremony.  Wycliffe is a globally recognized musician, composer, educator, and author.  He is a veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet, original member of Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and currently leads his own group.  His compositions have been performed by Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Wycliffe Gordon and Friends, and numerous other ensembles. Wycliffe won the Downbeat Magazine “Best Trombone” Award in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2016.This truly will be a blast!

Below is a finalized itinerary for the jazz festival this Saturday. Please note that there are two separate sets of call and return times for each jazz group due to the spread out nature of our schedule. Please bring a sack lunch/dinner or money for concessions (concessions info listed below).

Chaperones – I could use a couple more chaperones to hang out and be on hand for the day. For chaperones, I will have free admission tickets for you. Please let me know if you plan on riding the bus or driving.

Rhythm Section – Read the note* to you below from the festival director regarding what is being provided and what is not being provided for equipment.

WS J Festival Map

West Salem Jazz Festival – Saturday, February 9th  

  • 6:00am – Call Time
  • 6:15 – Meeting in Band Room
  • 6:30 – Load Bus
  • 6:40 – Depart from Sherwood
  • 7:40 – Arrive
  • 8:00 – Jazz I Warmup
  • 8:30 – Jazz I Performs
  • 10:30 – Combo Warmup
  • 11:00 – Combo Performance
  • 11:30 – Lunch
  • 1:00 – Awards & Wycliffe Gordon Performance
  • 2:00 – Load Bus & Depart
  • 3:15 – Arrive at Sherwood HS, Jazz I Students go home
  • 3:30 – Jazz II Call Time
  • 3:45 – Meeting in Band Room
  • 4:00 – Load Bus
  • 4:10 – Depart from Sherwood
  • 5:15 – Arrive
  • 5:30 – Jazz II Warmup
  • 6:00 – Jazz II Performs
  • 8:00 – Awards & Wycliffe Gordon Performance
  • 9:00 – Load Bus & Depart for Sherwood
  • 10:10 – Arrive and Unload
  • 10:15 – Jazz II Students Go Home

Visitors will need to purchase a day pass to enter the festival.  Cost is $7.00 for adults; $5.00 for students, seniors, military; and free for children 5 and under.  All of our performers and chaperones will get in for free. 

The West Salem Band Boosters will host a concession stand serving Figaro’s pizza, Subway sandwiches, hot dogs, fruit, snacks, cold beverages and coffee.

*The festival will provide a piano, drum set with high-hat stand and 2 cymbal stands, bass amp, guitar amp, and vibes for each performance venue.  You will need to bring your own cymbals and cords.