The Magic City Jazz Festival comes to the campus of Minot State University on Friday.
The concert will feature a variety of jazz tunes, including "St. Louis Blues" by the Jim Hill Middle School jazz band; "All Blues" by the Erik Ramstad Middle School jazz band; "Rule The Roost," a funk tune by the Central Campus Jazz band; and "Barnburner," a saxophone section feature by the Magic City Jazz Band; "LatiND," a piece written by and featuring one of the event's clinicians, Nathan Hance, with The Swing Band of Minot.
Also, clinician Andy Cresap will be performing Maynard Ferguson's version of "Danny Boy," also with the Swing Band of Minot.
In addition, the Swing Band will be playing "My Funny Valentine," as the event is being held on Valentine's Day.
Hance and Cresap are both Minot High School graduates.
"This is the first time we have had Minot High graduates as our clinicians," said Minot High band director Pat Schwan. "Both of these young men are doing great things as musicians."
Born and raised in Minot, Andy Cresap graduated from Minot High School in 2006. During his high school years, he was a member of the North Dakota All-State Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra, as well as other area honor groups. After high school, he attended Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minn. While obtaining a degree in music, Cresap performed in many of the school's ensembles.
Cresap worked as a musician with Carnival Cruise Lines during the summers of 2009 and 2011, and has participated in several recording projects as well as performing as a freelance musician.
He is currently studying music at the University of North Texas and performs with the Grammy-nominated One O'Clock Lab Band.
Nathan Hance is a Minot High grad currently living in Denver. He holds a music degree from Concordia College-Moorhead, where he graduated in 2010.
Hance then spent three years aboard Holland America Line cruise ships playing piano and keyboards in the all-purpose band, The HalCats, visiting 62 countries on all seven continents.
Hance is currently a freelance musician, playing keyboards in a band, as well as acting as music director at a small church and performing various other musical activities.
Hance's composition that will be performed Friday is a revision of one of the two big band pieces he wrote and had performed his last two years at Minot High School.
The festival will be held at 7 p.m. at Minot State University, in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall.
Cresap and Hance will also work with groups all day, followed by the festival concert.
Local clinicians include Cordell Bugbee, a retired Minot Public Schools band teacher, and Joe Alme, retired from positions as band director at MSU and director of the International Music Camp.
Other schools participating in the festival include the Garrison High School Jazz Band; the MSU Jazz Combo; the Surrey High School Jazz Band; and the Surrey Junior High Jazz Band.