Arts & Entertainment

Students to jazz up Sun Peaks

 | April 5, 2013

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The hills will come alive to the sounds of the 9th Annual Sun Peaks Music Festival from April 12 to 14.

Presented by Con Brio Festivals, over 800 elementary and high school students will take part in a non-competitive musical educational experience.

Festival artistic and managing director Douglas Macaulay said that the festival aims to promote music in school education.

“We want school ensembles to grow, we want to expand and encourage participation in music in schools,” Macaulay said, adding that Sun Peaks provides the perfect setting for students to “relax and enjoy the music.”

Most events will take place in the Delta Sun Peaks Resort and there’ll be opportunities for public viewing.

“(Locals) can come and see any of the choral band events. The choirs will be singing on Friday afternoon and the bands performing on Saturday,” Macaulay said. “There’ll be jazz bands (performing at) Bento’s Day Lodge on Saturday.”

To inspire participants the festival will feature performances from professional musicians including gospel and jazz singer Marcus Mosely, producer and jazz musician Malcolm Aikin and studio musician Bill Sample.

The festival concludes with choirs and ensembles featuring over 300 musicians.