Wind Machine on stage with jazz figure Jackson


Snider High School has enrolled 20 high school bands, four middle school bands and 12 combos for the 26th annual Nicholas Invitational Jazz Festival.

Kevin Klee, the director of bands at Snider High School, released the schedule for a full day of performance and learning, Saturday, Feb. 11. Admission is $5. Snider is at 4600 Fairlawn Pass, Fort Wayne.

In all, 14 schools are participating: Snider High School, North Side High School, Northrop High School, Wayne High School, Carroll High School, Leo High School, DeKalb High School, Columbia City High School, Norwell High School, South Adams High School, Concord High School, Blackhawk Middle School, Lane Middle School and Memorial Park Middle School.

The music begins at 8:30 a.m., with activities in the Auditorium, East Gym and Multipurpose Room.

In the auditorium, performance times are: Norwell Jazz Band, 10 a.m.; South Adams Jazz Band, 10:30 a.m.; Wayne Jazz Band, 11 a.m.; Columbia City Jazz Band, 11:30 a.m.; Northrop Jazz Band No. 1, 1 p.m.; Leo Jazz Band, 1:30 p.m.; Concord Jazz Band No. 1, 2 p.m.; DeKalb Jazz Band No. 1, 2:30 p.m.; Carroll Jazz Band No. 1, 3 p.m.; North Side Jazz Band No. 1, 3:30 p.m. Jazz artist Joe Jackson will lead a clinic at 4 p.m. Snider Jazz Band No. 1 will perform at 5 p.m. The Snider Wind Machine with Joe Jackson will offer a concert at 5 p.m. The day closes with an awards ceremony at 6 p.m.

Jackson was born in Dallas, Texas, into a musical family. His mother is a former professional clarinetist, and his father, Jim Jackson, a former trombonist with the Fort Worth Symphony, is today a renown recording engineer.

Jackson was the lead trombonist with the U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note from 1991 to 2011, and the music director from 2004 to 2011. In that role, he produced the award-winning Jazz Heritage Series heard on 112 radio and media stations worldwide, and eight recordings including “Cool Yule” which climbed to No. 2 on the JazzWeek chart in December 2010. He has some Fort Wayne roots, having attended both Shawnee Middle School and Northrop High School. Read more about Jackson at