Newberry College Jazz Festival with guest trombonist, Steve Wiest
Feb 29 2020
Free and open to the public
Jazz bands from high schools throughout the state will converge at Newberry College on Feb. 29, 2019, for the 63nd annual Newberry College Jazz Festival and 23nd annual South Carolina Band Directors Association (SCBDA) Jazz Performance Assessment.
The Newberry College Jazz Festival is one of the longest consecutive running jazz festivals in the nation. The festival will include judge-rated performances and music workshops for the student ensembles participating in the SCBDA assessments.
The All-State Jazz Band and All-State Jazz Combo will perform on the Newberry College campus at Wiles Chapel on Saturday, Feb. 29, at 11:30 a.m., and 12:15 p.m., respectively. The Newberry College Jazz Big Band with guest soloist Steve Wiest (trombone), will perform at 1 p.m., also at Wiles Chapel. The concerts are free and open to the public.
The Newberry College Jazz Big Band, under the direction of Gatch, will be joined by trombonist, Steve Wiest. Multiple Grammy-nominated jazz composer and trombonist Wiest is known world-wide for his fresh cutting-edge writing as well as his extroverted virtuoso trombone playing. With a zeal for finding fresh ingredients for his muse, he is a true multi-genre persona. As a recording artist, composer-arranger, science fiction author, cartoonist, and educator Wiest is at home with many different and diverse areas of creative endeavor.
The Newberry College Jazz Festival was established in 1958 by long-time Newberry College band director Charles “Chief” Pruitt. It is one of the nation’s oldest continuing jazz festivals of its kind. Event organizer Dr. Jerry Gatch served as director of Bands at Lexington High School for 20 years before joining the Newberry College faculty in 2014.