Augustana's Northlanders Jazz Band to Perform at JazzFest

On Saturday, student performers in Augustana's Northlanders Jazz Band will take the stage before a projected crowd of some 75,000 fans at JazzFest 2011, Sioux Falls' 20th annual jazz and music festival, held at Yankton Trail Park.

The 19-member jazz ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Paul Schilf, is scheduled to perform on the main stage at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, alongside world-renowned trumpeter Allen Vizzutti and members of the JazzFest Jazz Camp top band.

The Northlanders have increased in notoriety in recent years. In 2006, they played for the Minnesota Music Education Conference in Minneapolis and performed on the second stage at JazzFest. In 2007, the ensemble made its debut on the main stage and also played on the main stage again in 2009.

In the last six years, the band and Dr. Schilf have commissioned seven big band charts, all available through Sierra Publications and Kendor Music.

Kelly Sprecher
Director of Communications & Media Relations