On the subject of 'things to do in Savannah,' there is a bulk of activities and outings to choose from. Everything from virtuosos to dance, from Warhol to rodeo. I like that because, as you know, we are a toursim community and many return for a permanent stay. There are differing tastes to support. Let's conduct ourselves well, so the powers that be will agree to build a new arena to support major acts. Someone went overboard at the recent Willie Nelson concert - Mr. Nelson has a way of bringing the wild out of ya! (just kidding). Willie supports farmers - good hearted and well behaved souls. Farmers and teachers are the backbone of our culture and struggle through what they do.
The Savannah Music Festival is four months away. I appreciate the local performers who will grace the stages this spring. Kristina Train nee Beatty, will perform two shows, for two nights in March. Ben Tucker will have a huge birthday party in his honor and James Bignon presents the Gospel Music Workshop for three sessions, in the Neises Auditorium at the Jepson Center. Swing Central is the high school jazz band competition. March 31 through April 2. These are the professional musical performers of the future so, this venue is very important. This involves 12-bands from as far as the west coast; with tutoring during workshops that are conducted by some of the best jazz clinicians around - many comprise the Jazz All Stars Orchestra, including Piano Showdown's Marcus Roberts and Gerald Clayton plus, from jazz royalty, Jason Marsalis of the famed Marsalis Family. The winning band will received a cash prize of $13K.
As you know school music programs are one of the first on the budget cut block so this is big. Each school gets a visit from a clinician in February to prepare. Here, the students attend workshops for three days, open to all and are something to witness. The Pacific Crest Community School out of Portland, Oregon won last year. Four schools from Florida are coming, two from California and Washington state, one each from Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama and Pennsylvania.
You can hear the bands on Rousakis Plaza Thursday, April 1 from 9a-3p. The competing rounds begin at the Lucas Theatre, Friday, April 2 from 9a-3p. The finale is Friday night at 7. The All Star Swing Summit, the big jam session, follows at 7:30.
Finally a few words about the switch from analog to digital; "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Stop! I can't take it anymore!