The Mount Nittany Middle School Jazz Band, under the direction of John Kovalchik, opened up the 2009 Penn State Jazz Festival, held Saturday, April 4, in Esber Recital Hall on the University Park campus. Although the Penn State Jazz Festival technically is not a competition, the performing bands are adjudicated. At the end of their three songs, one of the clinicians joins the band on stage to offer feedback. Here, Tom Baldwin, left, addresses the guitarist for Mount Nittany Middle School as band director John Kovalchik looks on.
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