Smooth, laid-back jazz rhythms on a cold winter evening played by some of the best jazz players in the state of Texas … not a bad way to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the busiest season of the year!

On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15, Waxahachie High School will host the TMEA Region 20 Jazz Clinic, featuring high school students from across the region, some of which will comprise the Texas All-State Jazz Band.

“These are phenomenal musicians,” said Rich Armstrong, director of WHS bands, “and this is an excellent opportunity for any and all jazz fans to get a preview of the future of jazz. Many of these students will go on to be professionals, while some will take the avenue of education, producing some of the most talented professors around.

“Region 20 is known throughout the state for its excellent jazz musicians, and this year is certainly no exception,” Armstrong said.

Following the completion of the clinic, the two bands, comprised of the top jazz high school students in the region, will take center stage on Saturday, Dec. 15, at the WHS Fine Arts Center beginning at 7 p.m.

“We are very fortunate to have two of the absolute best clinicians in the state to conduct the clinics and then present the bands on Saturday — Steve Wiest and Stockton Helbing, from Maynard Ferguson’s band,” Armstrong said. “This is not only an awesome opportunity for the students participating in the clinic, but also for the concert attendees on Saturday evening. I can promise you this is one night you won’t want to miss.”

Admission for the concert is free.

; for additional information, please contact Rich Armstrong at WHS Band Hall.