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Collin College Celebrates 20th Annual Jazz  Fest

March 15, 2012 – The 20th annual Collin College Jazz Fest will combine award-winning educators, guest artists, clinics and concerts into a weekend event that rivals festivals around the country.

The festival is scheduled for Friday-Saturday, March 30-31 with performances at 8 p.m. Friday in the John Anthony Theatre and Saturday at Plano East Senior High School.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.

This year’s guest artist is the Metroplexity Big Band featuring Wayne Bergeron and Clay Jenkins.

Bergeron has worked on more than 300 television and motion picture soundtracks, including Toy Story 3, Despicable Me, Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Charlie St Cloud, 2012, Percy Jackson, Cats & Dogs and Surrogates.

Jenkins is an associate professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He also is a very active performing and recording artist. He has performed and presented clinics all over the world including the United States, Canada, Japan, Italy, Korea, Germany, Portugal, Russia and South Africa.

Jenkins is a charter member of the trumpet section of the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, the Jazz Orchestra in Residence at the Hollywood Bowl from 1999-2001.

Starting at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, March 30, about 30 high school bands from around the Metroplex will perform and receive ratings from judges. A schedule of events will be available on campus this day. The daytime events are free and open to the public.

The Friday evening performance will feature Bergeron and Jenkins with Collin College's Jaztet One and the Texas Instruments Jazz Band and the Saturday evening performance will feature Bergeron with Collin College’s Latin Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Lab Band.

Plano East Senior High School is located at 3000 Los Rios Blvd. in Plano. The John Anthony Theatre is located at the Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

For more information, email Kris Berg, professor of music, at or call 972.881.5108.

Collin College serves about 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.