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Rescheduled Farmington High School jazz concert is Monday

Last week’s subzero temperatures didn’t just mean classes were cancelled in Farmington schools. In the case of Monday, Jan. 27, a number of evening activities were cancelled, as well.

One of those activities was the Farmington High School jazz band concert, which has been rescheduled to Monday, Feb. 10. Director Erin Holmes is hoping to bring in a good audience for the show.

The concert features Farmington High School’s Jazz 1, Jazz 2 and Jazz 3 bands.

Two of the bands — Jazz 1 and Jazz 2 — competed at the 39th annual La Crosse Jazz Festival, she said. Under the direction of Jeff Gottwig, Jazz 1 earned third place in the Class A competition. Jazz 2, under Holmes’ direction, brought home second place honors in the Class AA division. The Feb. 10 concert will feature numbers from both competitions.

Holmes isn’t just directing bands during this upcoming concert. She’s also playing alto sax during. The jazz concert will also feature a guest band, Southern Minnesota’s REAL Big Band, an 18-piece group that’s made up of band directors and the region’s top jazz players. Southern Minnesota’s REAL Big Band will play a variety of contemporary jazz, Holmes said.

The concert is free and open to the public. It begins at 7 p.m., in the Farmington High School Recital Hall.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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