Sitka Jazz Festival: Athayde talks teaching, practice
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Last week, the Sitka Jazz Festival brought students and professional jazz musicians together for workshops and concerts. In a series of audio postcards, KCAW gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the event.
Bob Athayde is the music director at Stanley Middle School in Lafayette, California and the recipient of numerous awards for outstanding teaching. He led a workshop at Sitka High, where students from across Southeast Alaska learned about the art of improvisation.
In this audio postcard, Athyade talks about the importance of practice and how he hopes to inspire students to pursue music.
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Sitka JazzFest! director Mike Kernin says this year's festival will feature Grammy-winning violinist Mads Toling,
among its headliners. Also trumpeter Kenny Washington, vocalist Kenny Washington, and the Dewayne Pate trio. For a complete rundown of artists and performances, visit Sitka JazzFest!
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The activities budget for Sitka High School may have reached a tipping point -- and it could force the end of some programs. The Sitka School Board heard a report from activities director LieuDell Goldsberry earlier this month. Between the recent addition of several new activities and a reduction in district spending, most programs have seen a cut of at least 40-percent over two years. more