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MCA Jazz Combos Concerts

Wednesday | February 28 | 6pm
Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts | 1164 W. Howard (10th) St.

Wednesday | March 21 | 5:30pm
Wellington’s Pub & Grill | 1429 W. Service Dr.

The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts’ (MCA) Jazz Combos are busy rehearsing for two upcoming community concerts that are FREE and open to the public.

MCA is home to three jazz combos: the Duke, Dizzy and Basie Combos. These combos are comprised of students ages 11-17 from the Winona area. The public is invited to hear these talented young musicians play at MCA’ home, the Valencia Arts Center, inside the Academy Theatre located at 1164 W. Howard (10th) St., at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28th, and then again at Wellington’s Pub & Grill, 1429 W. Service Dr., Winona, MN, 5:30p.m. Wednesday, March 21st.

The jazz combo program, which began in September 2012 under the direction of Dave Gudmastad, has grown quickly. Each jazz combo rehearses for one hour each week beginning in September and continuing through March. The combos help students learn the art of jazz in a small ensemble setting. The rehearsal sessions provide basic instruction in jazz-related rhythm, tone, style, concept, listening skills, and improvisation. Performances throughout the community provide performance experience to the musicians and free entertainment open to the public. A new session starts in January for young musicians interested in joining a combo.

For more information, visit, e-mail, or call 507-453-5500.

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