National jazz program coming to BPS this week

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The smooth sounds of jazz will be flowing through the halls of a few Buffalo Public Schools this week.

Buffalo is one of only five school districts in the country to be selected for a national peer-to-peer music education program with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.

Professional musicians and educators are teaming up with exceptional music students from the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. They will be visiting three schools in Buffalo to not only perform for students, but to give students here the chance to work with the pros and with their peers from L.A.

Organizers say this gives students a unique perspective on the power of jazz.

Dr. J.B. Dyas said, “Jazz teaches important American values, like teamwork and the correlation between hard work and goal accomplishment, and unity with ethnic diversity. And there’s probably no better example of democracy than a jazz ensemble because it’s individual freedom but with responsibility to the group.”

This program is funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and United Airlines. If you would like to hear more from these musicians, there’s a performance open to the public this Friday evening at 8 p.m. the Tralf Music Hall. Tickets are $20 or $10 for students.

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