For Immediate Release — November 10, 2010 | Pacific
Public Affairs Officer: DoDEA Pacific Director’s Office | DSN: 644-5657
AGANA HEIGHTS, GUAM — November 10, 2010 — Jazz musicians from DoDEA Pacific high schools will come together here Nov. 15-19 in celebration of the first ever DoDEA Pacific Far East Jazz Festival.
The festival includes an Honor Jazz Choir comprised of 27 students and an instrumental Honor Jazz Ensemble featuring 18 students. The style will be big band with notable musical selections spanning several eras of jazz.
Students will rehearse throughout the week at the HotSpot on Andersen Air Force Base before their culminating performances at the Hyatt Regency Guam Grand Ballroom on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. The final concert is free and open to the public.
A committee of DoDEA Pacific high school music educators reviewed well over 100 audition submissions in a highly selective process. As another indicator of student enthusiasm for the festival, the audition recordings were due only one month after school began at the end of August.
For further information, contact the event co-directors Mark Bruschuk at DSN: 225-9729 or Mike Blaisus at DSN: 344-7410/Commercial: 671-344-7410.
In addition to the Far East Jazz Festival, DoDEA Pacific sponsors 24 other unique Far East athletic and scholastic opportunities throughout the school year. Scholastic events include Far East Journalism, Science and Research Academy, MathematicaFest, LinguaFest, and many more while athletic competition includes tennis, cheerleading, cross country, track and field, football, baseball, wrestling, among others. Far East events also include several art and music offerings such as the Film and Entertainment Arts Festival, Creative Expressions, Culinary Arts, Honor Music Festival, etc.
Far East events reinforce DoDEA core curriculum by providing students area-wide festivals, symposiums and competitions to showcase their creative, academic and athletic talents. The events are coordinated and managed by the DoDEA Pacific area office with guidance provided by the Far East Activities and Athletic Councils.
About DoDEA Pacific:
DoDEA Pacific provides a comprehensive preK-12 education to the children of military and eligible civilian personnel families serving throughout Asia. The 48 schools in DoDEA Pacific are comprised of more than 24,000 students and 3,100 full-time professional educators and support staff. The schools are geographically organized into four districts: Guam, Japan, Okinawa and South Korea.