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Just as the weather outside is getting warmer, music students in Surrey are warming up for this year's Surrey Schools International Jazz Festival, held Feb. 21 and 22 at the Bell Performing Arts Centre.
Heading into its 38th year, the two-day jazz fest is among the largest and longest-running educational music festivals in Canada, showcasing the talents of more than 2,000 secondary students from Surrey and across B.C. and the United States.
The festival also features dozens of scholarships and awards for students, including best musicians on saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, drums, bass, guitar, auxiliary percussion, as well as best rhythm section, musician, band, combo ensemble, vocal jazz soloist and vocal jazz ensemble.
The performances kick off at 8 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, with daytime concerts in the theatre, gym, band room and library, including a noon performance by the Capilano Vocal Jazz group. Then starting at 7 p.m., the evening will feature the Vocal Jazz Showcase, Junior and Senior Rep Band, award presentations and a performance by BRAZZ, Vancouver's new large brass jazz ensemble.
On Saturday, Feb. 22, the music starts up again at 8 a.m. in the theatre, library and band room, featuring the Capilano A Big Band onstage at 12:25 p.m. Night two caps off with the Junior and Senior Band Showcase and more award presentations in the theatre at 7 p.m.
The Bell Performing Arts Centre is located at 6250 144 St. (at Sullivan Heights Secondary). Admission to all performances is free but the district is also accepting donations for the Surrey Food Bank.
Come out and enjoy the show – and all that jazz!