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Indiana State hosts Jazzfest Feb. 16

February 10, 2013

Indiana State University's School of Music will host a day of jazz Feb. 16 with performances by 16 middle and high school jazz bands, Indiana State's Jazz Ensemble, a military jazz ensemble and guest artist Ritmos Unidos.

Jazzfest will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. as groups take the stage in University Hall Theater. Bands and combos from Terre Haute, Edgewood, Jasper, Bedford and Newburgh are scheduled to perform in front of judges, who will offer assistance in becoming a better musician.

Three concerts are among the day's activities. Indiana State's Jazz Ensemble will perform at noon in University Theater. The Jazz ensemble from the 113th Army Band - Fort Knox will perform at 3 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Landini Center of Performing and Fine Arts. The closing concert, featuring Ritmos Unidos , an eight-piece Latin Jazz Group, will take place at 7:30 p.m. in University Hall Theater.

Ritmos Unidos is the Midwest's newest and most exciting Caribbean Jazz group, made up of Indiana University professors and area professionals. Led by percussionist Michael Spiro, the group performs a wide variety of Latin music styles, including Latin Jazz, Salsa, Cha-cha, Afro-Cuban folkloric music, Calypso, and Brazilian Samba.

Jazzfest activities, including the concerts, are free and open to the public. The festival is organized by the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia professional music fraternity. For more information, call the School of Music at 812-237-2771.

Contact: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications and Marketing, 812-237-3783 or

 Writer: Patrick Waclaw, Arts Marketing Assistant, Indiana State University,