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IPS to host annual Freddie Hubbard Memorial Jazz Fest set for Feb 9 at Arsenal Tech

Arsenal Technical High School will groove with cool jazz on Feb. 9 when it hosts the third annual Freddie Hubbard Memorial Jazz Fest, a non-competitive festival paying homage to the legendary musical icon. 

Bands from high schools throughout Indiana and several nationally renowned jazz musicians will perform in the Hanson H. Anderson Auditorium at Arsenal Tech. Hubbard, who died in 2008, began his legendary career by playing the trumpet in the school’s band.

“Musicians from throughout the Midwest will be on our campus to celebrate the heritage of jazz in Indianapolis,” said Josh Goodman, band director at Arsenal Tech. “We are inviting the community to enjoy the soulful melodies and vibrant atmosphere, which will take you on a musical journey,”

The festival will include performances by students from Arsenal Tech, Crispus Attucks, George Washington, and Herron high schools, and the IPS All City Jazz Band from 3:30 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. Butler University Jazz then will give an exhibition performance.

Jazz Fest also will honor guitarist and Indianapolis native Wes Montgomery’s 100th birthday with performances by saxophonist Rob Dixon and the Indianapolis Jazz Foundation. 

Outstanding soloists throughout the day will receive prizes from local businesses, and those awards will be announced by State Senator Andrea Hunley (D-Indianapolis).

“Aside from being a great way to kick off Black History Month for IPS, the festival helps the district’s bands raise money for trips to the University of Louisville Jazz Fest, and to offset the expenses related to pep and marching bands,’ Goodman said. “Most importantly, it’s a great opportunity for the students to hear their peers perform and work with professional musicians.”

Students participating in the event also will be eligible for scholarships to attend area jazz camps.

Tickets are $6 in advance and $7 on the day of the show. Concessions will also be available.