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It's time again for jazz in Pleasant Hill.

Byline: Carolyn Lamberson The Register-Guard

Since 1976, high school and middle school jazz students from around the region have converged on Lane County for the Pleasant Hill Invitational Jazz Festival.

Things will be no different in this, the festival's 30th year. More than 2,000 students and their families will head to the Pleasant Hill School Campus, 36386 Highway 58, on Saturday for a day of competition and education. This year, 63 bands and vocal groups from Oregon and Washington, along with 17 entries in solo and combo divisions, will compete.

Throughout the day, guest artists will present concerts. Calamity Jazz will hold forth in the dining hall periodically throughout the day. Group Therapy will perform at midday in the junior high school gym, while Genesis takes the stage at midday in the high school gym.

The Coats will sing at 4:30 p.m. in the high school gym.

Clinics on several topics, including Dixieland jazz, per- cussion, vocals and a variety of instrumental workshops, also will be held throughout the day.

The preliminary rounds begin at 7:30 a.m. and will run until 5 p.m. The final competitions will run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., featuring the top two groups in eight divisions.

Vocal groups will sing in the high school gym and bands will compete in the junior high gym.

A festival pass, good for all events, is $9. A pass to attend the finals competition only is $7, while a day pass good for the preliminary rounds is $5.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Apr 15, 2005
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