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SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--The 48th Annual Drury Jazz Festival has brought competitors from 18 high schools to Springfield to showcase their abilities.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--The 48th Annual Drury Jazz Festival has brought competitors from 18 high schools to Springfield to showcase their abilities.

The 48th Annual Drury Jazz Festival has gathered high school and middle school jazz bands from 18 area high schools from Missouri and Arkansas together to compete Mar. 1.

The Drury Jazz Festival is a competition that allows students and directors to perform for and receive feedback from some of the top jazz musicians and educators in the county.

“Competitions are a great way for students to hone their performance chops and get feedback from professional musicians and college educators,” says Bob Holden, adjunct professor for jazz ensembles at Drury.

Each band is given a 30 minute slot to showcase their talent. The day’s performances will wrap up with a free concert by the Drury Jazz Ensemble at 5:15 pm.

The concert is open to the public and will feature Drury student musicians.

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