The Bix Youth Band
July 21, 2019 | 2:00pm
Suggested donation(s) $5.00
Don’t Miss This Entertaining Group of Young Jazz Musicians!!
The Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Society, Davenport, with Don Estes, local trombonist and teacher, formed the Bix Youth Band in 1997 to give young musicians exposure to the history of Jazz music in America, to develop their proficiency in performing music of the various Jazz eras throughout the 20th Century, and act as Ambassadors for the Bix Society and the festival each summer.
Under the leadership of several directors over the years, the Bix Youth Band has built a reputation of musical excellence locally and nationally, as well as a sizeable following. The band enjoys a heightened interest, among Junior and Senior high schoolers of the Quad-Cities Area, in auditioning for and participating in the program; auditioners are accepted from all schools in and around the area. A working knowledge of, and basic skills in Jazz and Big Band performance are required for acceptance into the band.
Beginning in late January, the band rehearses twice-monthly through May, then weekly in June and July, leading up to the Jazz Festival on the first weekend of August. In addition to performing at the fest, the band also appears at various venues in Illinois and Iowa.
Currently directing the Youth Band is Steve Little, teacher of Trumpet and a working musician who has performed and toured for decades with several of the “name” orchestras of the Big Band Era, as well as with many of the well-known performers of the 1940s, 50s and 60s.