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Nation's top high school jazz bands to arrive in Savannah

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Our nation's brightest and youngest jazz stars are making their way to Savannah to perform some great music. 

Twelve of the nation's top high school jazz bands will arrive in the Hostess City Wednesday for the 8th annual Swing Central Jazz High School Jazz Band Competition, an event produced by the Savannah Music Festival. 

Participating students will work with jazz masters for 3 days starting Wednesday, perform in showcases on Savannah's River Street and play in competition rounds during their stay which is March 27-29. 

On March 28, all bands perform in public showcases at Rousakis PlazA on River Street. On March 29, select combos perform on Reynolds Square. Competition rounds take place all day on March 29 at the Lucas Theatre for the Arts, and are webcasted for family and friends who aren't able to make the trip to Savannah. Each band plays three selections. 

The three top-scoring bands each receive an honorarium and vie for the coveted Faircloth Award, and perform the opening set at the Savannah Music Festival production, "Saxophone Summit," at 7 p.m. that evening.

The 2013 festival takes place from March 21st through April 6th in intimate venues throughout Savannah's historic district. For more information visit www.savannahmusicfestival.org.

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