Proctor Place is excited to welcome the Peoria Jazz AllStars on Wednesday April 15th at 6:30pm.
The Peoria Jazz AllStars is an auditioned all-city “big band” comprised of dedicated students from the three public high schools: Manual, Peoria High and Richwoods. This prestigious group was founded by and under the direction of Mary Jo Papich from 1993-2001, Bernie Potter from 2001-2004 and Julie Traenkenschuh from 2004-2010. The group is currently directed by Andy Tinsman and performs throughout the year at concerts, jazz festivals and civic events including the Alzheimer’s Walk, Fine Arts Fair and Celebrating Seniors.
Past performances include: ‘96 North Sea and Montreux Jazz Festivals in Europe, ‘98 at the National Association of School Boards Convention in New Orleans, on the Big Red Boat in the Bahamas in ‘99, at the Montreux and Umbria Jazz Festivals in ‘00, Live on Stage in Branson in ‘01, Disney’s Magic Music Days in ’03, at the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio in ‘06, at Sea World and the Arneson Theater at La Villita in San Antonio, Texas in ’07 and at the IBM Atrium and on the Flight Deck of the USS Intrepid in New York City in ‘09.
They are also one of 40 of America’s most talented high school big bands selected by the International Association of Jazz Educators from 20,000 bands. They are dedicated to preserving and performing America’s music – JAZZ! For more information about this talented group, visit www.peoriajazzallstars.com