Middle and high school students from around the state will convene in Baton Rouge to participate in the inaugural Mid City Jazz Festival.

The festival takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday as part of the 10th annual Baton Rouge Community College ArtsFest.

High school and middle school jazz ensembles will perform in front of professional jazz musicians and educators. Judges include New Orleans jazz trumpeter Leroy Jones; Michael Foster, of the Michael Foster Project; and Willis Delony.

Bands interested in participating in the friendly competition can register until 5 p.m. Sunday. Bands must send the school name and city, band director’s name, type of ensemble and a list of three prepared songs to brooksc@mybrcc.edu.

Awards will be given out at 7 p.m. Thursday for best band and best soloist.

After the awards, a judges’ concert will be held in collaboration with professional jazz percussionist Charles Brooks, who is the head of the audio-engineering department within the Entertainment Technologies Division at Baton Rouge Community College.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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