The UNC Department of Music will kick off its 41st annual Carolina Jazz Festival on Feb. 15. Festival director Jim Ketch and his students have been putting in work behind the scenes to make sure the festival plays out smoothly.
The festival involves a high school competition and performance, professional performances by special guests, and collegiate performances by the UNC Jazz Band and UNC Jazz Combos.
“This year the spots in the festival (for high schoolers) ran out really quickly,” sophomore Ben Thyer said. “It’s really gaining in popularity and it’s showing more, and we’re getting the word out about the UNC music department to more and more high schools.”
Some students, like senior Felix Allen, remember participating in the event as high schoolers and hope to pass on the same amazing experience.
“I definitely remember being inspired, not only by professors ... as well as the guest artists, but also the college students,” Allen said. “Getting to see them perform in the big band was a really cool thing.”