MHSA Jazz Lab Combo performs at national conference

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The Jazz Lab Combo from Milwaukee High School of the Arts (MHSA) was invited to perform at the 2014 Jazz Education Network (JEN) national conference in Dallas, Texas. The group was chosen to perform as a result from a blind CD audition. JEN is an organization dedicated to building the jazz arts community by advancing education, promoting performance, and developing new audiences.

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The group flew to Dallas for their performance, workshops with world-renowned jazz educators and concerts by some of the greatest jazz talent alive today. In the audience for the students’ performance were: Grammy award winners Brian Lynch and Randy Brecker, Professor Emeritus and jazz-education legend Dr. David Baker, and the vice-president of the Thelonious Monk institute in Los Angeles Dr. J.B. Dyas. Dr. Dyas also moderated the event.

MHSA offers students the chance to select an arts-focused major (creative writing, dance, theater, music or visual art) and receive at least two class hours of instruction per day focused on that major. Students commit to one area of the arts for all four of their years at the school. In addition to its focus on the arts, MHSA also provides an academically challenging educational program that includes Advanced Placement and honors courses. Students may select from more than 12 AP courses for both high school and college credit.

Milwaukee Public Schools is committed to arts education as part of a well-rounded school experience. Over the past two years, MPS has added more than 90 art, music and physical education specialists into district classrooms.