Grand Valley students get jazzy

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Several area high schools spent this week at Colorado Mesa University learning and practicing their jazz improvisation skills.

Friday evening, they got the chance to show off what they learned in front of their friends and families in a special performance at the Moss Performing Arts Center.

The jazz band students spent three days working closely with several Colorado artists and members from the CMU band.

“The art of improvisation is just the act of pouring your soul out and letting yourself go musically, and it's a wonderful art for kids to get involved in,” says director Mick Wilson.

The program was came together through the efforts of a mother of a band member who was inspired by a similar jazz workshop for high school kids in Salt Lake City.

This year's jazz workshop was such a success that musicians and teachers are planning on making this an annual summer activity for high schoolers.

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