NOTES FROM THE BOARD
January 27, 2019
February 17, 2019
1. The Board of Directors is planning a Town Hall meeting in the near future. This will be an opportunity for you to meet the new Board, hear plans for the future of the Las Vegas Jazz Society, and discuss areas of concern to you.
2. The first annual LVJS Southern Nevada College Scholarship was announced at the Essentially Ellington Festival on January 31st. One new and one continuing student scholarship in the amount of $250 will be awarded to help defer educational expenses at a southern Nevada accredited college or university jazz program. Scholarship information and applications are available on the website and will be sent to area high school jazz band instructors and to CSN and UNLV instructors for dissemination to their students.
We want to thank those members who have made generous donations and we encourage our members to consider giving toward this and other planned educational endeavors. There are two ways to donate: When you renew your membership you can add an additional donation in increments or you can press the DONATE button found in numerous places on the website. The latter will take you directly to a PayPal donation page where you can add any amount.
3. Michael Spicer, Vice President of the Board, will debut his monthly podcast on the LVJS website in the coming weeks. By definition, a podcast is “an episodic series of digital audio or video files which a user can download to hear.” Think of a radio show you can listen to whenever you want. Mr. Spicer’s first guest is Uli Geissendoerfer. Watch the website for this new installation.
Your thoughts are always welcome – send us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming Events. Preparations are now underway to reinstate Sunday jazz events beginning in September. We are also considering inviting out-of-town jazz players to join us in these events. In addition, we plan to resume the annual October picnic at either at Winchester Park or at Richie’s place. Stay tuned for further information.
Membership. As of July 1, we have just 85 active (paid) members. Our roster includes over 250 members who are not currently active. This may be due to the breakdown of the automatic renewal notice system which we had put in place in 2019. To remedy this, a renewal request letter will be sent out to all those who have not renewed since 2018 to ask that they bring their dues up to date.
After letters are sent, Sheila (Membership Coordinator) will be responsible for sending out reminders via email/USPS until an automatic reminder system is restored.
LVJS – School of Jazz @ NSA Affiliation
Scholarship Fund. LVJS completed a donation of $1,500.00 to the School of Jazz Scholarship Fund that is designed to support students who would otherwise not be able to attend the program. Scholarship recipients will be selected by School of Jazz faculty.
Desert Heat Jazz Ensemble. We are in the process of setting up a jazz ensemble that will be open to any member of the broader Las Vegas community. The mission of the ensemble is to ‘encourage active engagement and promote musical growth among the diverse Las Vegas area community.’ The band will begin rehearsals in August 2021 and all area professional, amateur, student, and developing musicians are invited. This project will provide not only an opportunity to play in a big band setting but also a chance to help developing musicians and students as they progress toward their goals.
Eligibility requirements and all pertinent information will be sent out in late July via various media. At this point, Bart di Bartolo is the administrator, and Thom Pastor and Adam Schroeder, music directors.
NSA Summer Jazz Intensive. The School of Jazz presented its annual Summer Jazz Intensive at the Historic 5th Street School from 16-18 June. In addition to School of the Arts faculty, renowned guest artists/clinicians, Justin Di Cioccio, Michael Rodriguez and Donny McCaslin, conducted rehearsals, classes, workshops and performances. LVJS provided volunteers to assist with administrative tasks and a small number of LVJS members observed or participated in some the rehearsals and activities.