Thirty groups to compete at North Side Jazz Festival


KPC News Service

FORT WAYNE — Thirty jazz bands and combos representing several local schools will compete from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at the North Side High School Jazz Festival.

The top two bands will return for a 5:30 p.m. concert, which also features the award-winning North Side Wildsiders, the New Millennium Jazz Orchestra and the guest artist, saxophonist Don Aliquo from Nashville, Tenn.

The cost of tickets for the whole day’s events will be $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors.

At the end of the concert — at about 7 p.m. — North Side will present awards to the outstanding soloists and the day’s top four bands.

Aliquo also will lead a clinic at 4:30 p.m., which is included in the price of admission. Aliquo is professor of saxophone and jazz studies at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro. He cites early influences of saxophonists John Coltrane, Stanley Turrentine and Dexter Gordon, and more recent influences of Lester Young, Stan Getz and Joe Henderson. Read more about his recordings and collaborations at

Food will be available in the cafeteria during breaks and throughout the day.

The schedule for the auditorium: 8 a.m., North Side No. 2; 8:30, Snider No. 2; 9 a.m., Carroll No. 2; 9:30 a.m., Homestead No. 2; 10 a.m., DeKalb No. 2; 10:30 a.m., South Side; 11 a.m., Wayne; 11:30 a.m., Columbia City; 12:30 p.m., Northrop; 1 p.m., Elkhart Memorial; 1:30 p.m., Leo; 2 p.m., Homestead No. 1; 2:30 p.m., DeKalb No. 1; 3 p.m., Anderson Preparatory Academy; 3:30 p.m., Carroll No. 1; and 4 p.m., Snider No. 1.

The schedule for the auxiliary gym: 8:30 a.m., Memorial Park; 9 a.m., Lakeside; 9:30 a.m., Jefferson; 10 a.m., Carroll No. 2; 10:30 a.m., Memorial Park No. 2; 11 a.m., Snider No. 3; 11:30 a.m., Carroll No. 3; 12:30 p.m., Snider combo; 1 p.m., Memorial Park combo 1; 1:30 p.m., Northrop combo; 2 p.m., South Side combo; 2:30 p.m., Carroll combo 1; 3 p.m., Memorial Park combo 1; 2 p.m., North Side combo.

North Side High School is at 475 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne. Edward E. King is director of bands.