JSU professor to serve as guest conductor of JPS band festival

(JACKSON, Miss.) – Jackson State University’s Director of Music Technology and Assistant Professor of Music Dowell Taylor will serve as guest conductor for Jackson Public School’s Annual All-City High School Band Festival at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10.

The festival brings together top high school musicians for a two-day rehearsal marathon culminating in a public concert at the Belhaven Center for the Arts. Students who participate in the festival must pass a rigorous city-wide audition.

JSU Associate Professor of Music David Ware will be featured as trumpet soloist and JSU Associate Professor of Music Harland Zachery will be featured as a piano soloist on one of the selections.

Taylor said he was honored to have been invited to serve as guest conductor “especially since it gives me the opportunity to revisit my first love in music, band directing.”

Taylor is the former director of the JSU Sonic Boom of the South marching band, a certified Pro Tools recording engineer, a pianist who serves as minister of music at Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church and a regular performer with his jazz trio/quartet. His 40-member Dowell Taylor Big Band performed last year for the Blair E. Batson Children Hospital’s annual New Year’s Eve Gala in Jackson.

For more information, call 601-316-1791 or 601-214-1348. Admission is free.

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