Featured Performances @ the 13th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival

Student Instrument Contest

2016 Essay Contest Winners with Kenny G. and Board Members of Friends of John Coltrane, Inc.
2016 Essay Contest Winners, with Dean Sink, Mickey Truck Body President and CEO, Kenny G. and Board Members of Friends of John Coltrane, Inc.

We nurture the development of future musicians currently studying in middle and high schools across North Carolina with the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival (JCIJBF) Student Instrument Contest. It has been documented that the benefits that come with a concentration in music education positively affects the study habits for young students.

The Student Instrument Contest is an important part of the yearly festival as it is a way the Friends of John Coltrane, Inc. connects Coltrane’s master musician and composer legacy to the community of young people seeking to continue a music education. Coltrane practiced hours everyday and every chance he could when on the road. We are motivated by this essential facet of the his legacy to help music students own an instrument on which they can practice.

Students are asked to submit a video or a written essay explaining their music aspirations, affinities and needs. Winners receive a free, brand-new instrument of their choosing. Winners are introduced by festival hosts, on stage, with their prizes made possible by Bill Banks, Joe Williams, and KHS America, Inc., an instrument manufacturer along with local sponsors

Each year, one of the festival performers joins the students on stage to encourage them in their studies and give advice for developing a career in music. It is an exciting time for the students and their families. Mom, dad and siblings get to see their young musician presented to the community of international artists, professional musicians, local community leaders as well as the JCIJBF audience in attendance. 

Only students enrolled in a North Carolina middle or high school are eligible to participate. The contest will be open from March 1-July 20, 2024. Students can choose one of the three following options to submit an entry:

  • Upload Video Option – Record and upload video responses.
  • Written Essay Online Option – Upload a 100-250 word, typed, double spaced written essay, with a photo.
  • Written Essay Mail in Option – Mail a 100-250 word, typed, double spaced written essay with a photo to Student Essay Contest, c/o Friends of John Coltrane, P.O. Box 2392, High Point, NC 27261.


 

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