All-Star Band

Greetings Jazz Ensemble director,

I am excited to announce the creation of the Michigan Jazz Festival All-Star High School Jazz Band with Vince Chandler as our first guest director. The inaugural All-Star Band will perform at the 27th annual Michigan Jazz Festival at Schoolcraft College (Livonia) on Sunday, July 17, 2022. In addition to having the opportunity to perform in front of a large audience of jazz enthusiasts at this prestigious festival, students selected will receive professional tutoring, will rehearse and perform with other talented high school musicians, and will bring back to your school skills and concepts learned in the process.

We will provide drums and keyboards for rehearsals and performance. There will be two weekend rehearsals at Wayne State University and one on-site rehearsal on the day of the performance. Music will be supplied ahead of time.

Guest conductor Vince Chandler is a native Detroiter who earned his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts and Masters of Music Improvisation from the University of Michigan. He taught at both UofM and Michigan State in addition to Claftin University and South Carolina State University. He is currently on the faculty at Wayne State University. His resume includes performing with a long list of the finest musicians in jazz including Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, Randy Brecker, Marcus Belgrave and many more.

The Michigan Jazz Festival features a full day of live jazz on seven simultaneous stages – a terrific opportunity for the All-Star musicians to hear and connect with the best jazz musicians in our state.

Craig Strain
President,
Michigan Jazz Festival