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Regional Campana Jazz Festival set for this weekend

Schools from Tri-Valley and across Bay Area to participate in event Saturday in Pleasanton

The 39th annual Campana Jazz Festival will be held at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 8).

The daylong regional festival will feature 36 ensembles from Pleasanton and 23 other Bay Area schools from San Ramon, Livermore, Dublin, Walnut Creek, Fremont, Brentwood, Oakland, Concord, San Mateo and San Jose.

The festival will feature three venues and six divisions, including high school Big Bands (AA, A, B) and middle school Big Bands. Also featured this year will be high school and middle school combo divisions.

At 5 p.m. Saturday, the big bands of the Pleasanton middle schools will present a 30-minute Showcase Concert, to be followed by the celebratory Awards Concert at 5:30 p.m. The Awards Concert will include winning bands, Pleasanton high school big bands, and the presentation of over $12,000 in summer music camp scholarships to outstanding musicians.

This year, the Campana family will honor their father with the first annual Jim Campana Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship will be given to an Amador Valley High School Jazz musician who exemplifies outstanding leadership, character, musicianship and service to the community.

Popular gourmet food trucks featuring an array of cuisines and desserts will be available on the campus from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sponsored by the Amador Friends of Music, the festival is named in honor of Jim Campana, who was the music director at Amador Valley High from 1959 through 1979.

Admission is $10, $8 for senior citizens and students, and free for those 5 and younger.

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