"I had never held a horn until middle school night before I started sixth grade. That night, the band teacher had the band room open to allow interested students to try different instruments. I knew that I wanted to play in the band, but I had not decided on an...
Brand new prize instruments are presented, on stage, to middle and high school students who write the winning essays. Each year, one of the festival headliners joins the students on stage to encourage them in their studies and give advice for developing a career in music.
The deadline to submit entries for this year’s contest is July 14, 2019. Students enrolled in Alamance, Guilford and Forsyth County Schools can submit a 150-250 word essay explaining what music in general, and jazz specifically, means in their lives; which instrument they would like to win and how a new instrument would help them achieve their goals.