VICKSBURG – The Hinds Community College Stage Band under the direction of Randy Mapes, will compete and perform at the 36th Annual Alcorn State University Jazz Festival on Saturday, April 16 at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

High school and university jazz ensembles are scheduled to perform from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Legendary saxophonist Branford Marsalis is the featured clinician at this year’s festival. He is a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Master, renowned Grammy Award winning saxophonist and Tony Award nominee. A leader of one of the finest jazz quartets today, Marsalis is a frequent soloist with classical ensembles.

Hinds’ Stage Band will perform for ratings and comments, then will attend a Jazz Workshop presented by Marsalis. At 8 p.m., they will attend a concert featuring the Branford Marsalis Quartet. All events at the festival are free and open to the public.

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