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Monday, June 2, 2008

Jazz in the Park is June 7

What's quickly become a Walworth calendar staple, the 5th Annual Jazz in the Park sponsored by the Delavan-Darien Friends of the Visual and Performing Arts (DDFVPA) is set for Saturday, June 7 at Delavan's Phoenix Park, 3-7 p.m.

Keeping the arts--and especially music in this context--in our schools is the reason for the day.

This event is free to the public and will feature special guest tenor saxophonist Sam Fettig, Fort Atkinson Middle School band instructor, who has shared the stage with the likes of Doc Severinsen, Bob Newhart, Lou Rawls, Johnny Mathis, Maynard Ferguson, Steve Wiest, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and local artists Mike Standal, Jeff Hamann, Steve Einerson and Paul Silberlgeit.

Fettig will be accompanied by the D-DHS High School Jazz Choir and Phoenix Middle School Jazz Band.

Just a few of the numbers on the set list are "In the Doghouse," an up-tempo shuffle, "Buffalo Head," a funk chart, and "Mission Impossible" a common crowd pleaser.

"Jazz is an American language, actually," Fettig says. "And like any language, if it's not kept up in our schools it'll eventually fade away and die.

"It's an intimate improvisational language that's very important in our history and our future."

The object d'art for this year's Art Object Auction is a 16-inch-diameter wooden cheese box. Sixty different cheese boxes uniquely decorated by local artists will go to the highest bidders. Various musical instruments will also be up for auction, donated by the Band Boosters.

So come on out, all of you jazz appreciators, bring a blanket or lawn chair, enjoy munchies provided by the American Field Service and hear some great live jazz all afternoon and evening while supporting the arts in our area's schools.

About the DDFVPA

The DDFVPA sponsors students and arts programs, scholarships and summer camp and special field trips fees in local schools.

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