The first Mid City Jazz Festival will be held on March 24 in the Magnolia Theater on Baton Rouge Community College’s Mid-City campus.

Charles Brooks, head of BRCC’s audio engineering department, is hosting the event as part of the school’s 10th Annual Arts Festival.

The Mid City Jazz Festival is open to all middle and high schools in the state. The event will kick off at 9 a.m. Thursday and will end by 5 p.m., and will present high school and middle school jazz ensembles across the state with the opportunity to perform in front of professional jazz musicians and educators in a friendly yet competitive environment.

Judges for the festival will be Leroy Jones, New Orleans jazz trumpeter; Michael Foster, of The Michael Foster Project; and Willis Delony, Virginia Martin Howard professor of piano and professor of Jazz Studies at Louisiana State University.

Awards will be given out that evening at 7 p.m. for Best Band and Best Soloist, and will be followed by a judges’ concert held in collaboration with professional jazz percussionist Dr. Charles Brooks. This concert will be free and open to the public.