Washburn jazz band gives practice concert

The Washburn jazz band performed Feb. 26 in White Concert Hall. The group is to perform at the Kansas Music Educators Association convention  this Friday in Wichita.

The Washburn jazz band will be performing Feb. 26 in White Concert Hall, the group is prepared to present the music they have been perfecting to perform at the Kansas Music Educators Association convention coming up this Friday in Wichita, Kan.

“The concert this Wednesday is a culmination of the students’ hard work and their willingness to perform at a high level,” said Craig Treinen, director of the Washburn Jazz Studio. “KMEA will be the reward for their efforts.”

KMEA is an organization of music educators committed to the concept that the study of music is a positive influence in the lives of individuals and society as a whole.

According to ksmea.org, the organization believes that “music is an integral, vibrant part of life. The lifelong process of learning, performing, creating and appreciating music brings meaning and richness to our heritage and culture.”

The Washburn University music department shares this opinion, which is why they are taking an entire group down to Wichita this Friday.

“It is good for our organization to attend this convention because we get to observe different exhibits and presentations from professionals in the field we wish to pursue,” said Andy Rhodes, senior co-president of Washburn’s NAFME. “It’s a great way to learn from role models and to begin networking for the future. Plus we get to see some phenomenal performances and that’s always fun.”

As for performances, the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26. Opening for the Washburn Jazz Ensemble will be the Topeka Seamen High School jazz band and percussion ensemble.