Jazz Great Visits Ithaca High School: Cornell Partners for the Arts and Health

Again, in 2018, Wynton Marsalis came to the ICSD. This time his visit was a result of the Cornell University Andrew D. White Professors at Large Program. Mr. Marsalis worked with the Jazz Band in a teaching session. This connection is an example of the facilitating community partnerships and maximizing other resources.

Original Visit:

On Friday, October 1, 2010, jazz musician Wynton Marsalis and his Lincoln Center Orchestra will perform a concert, “Jazz for Young People” for Ithaca City School District students in the renovated Kulp Auditorium at Ithaca High School. The concert, presented to middle and high school students, will focus on the history and importance of jazz.

Photo: Lauren Comly

Cornell University is sponsoring this concert and two clinics for the Cornell Jazz Ensemble and Ithaca High School Jazz Band. A Bailey Hall evening concert on September 30 at 8:00 p.m. will benefit Cornell mental health initiatives. Tickets are available at Bailey Tickets. Group rates for district students and teachers are available by contacting Joe Scaffido at jss44@cornell.edu. The concert and clinics are made possible by a Cornell gift from the Presidential Councillors Robert ’53 and Helen ’55 Appel.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra has been in residence at Lincoln Center since 1988. With 15 soloists and ensemble players, the group promotes education in the arts and development of young audiences.

Ithaca City School District programming assistance for this partnership is provided by Ithaca High School Principal Don Mills, Band teacher Nicki Zawel, District Music Liaison Michael Allen and the Fine Arts Booster Group, an affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative. For more information about the benefit jazz concert at Cornell, visit Cornell News.

The Fine Arts Booster Group (FABG) supports all the arts for all the kids. FABG strives to foster appreciation for the arts, advocate for the arts, and improve learning opportunities for all. FABG is an affiliate of IPEI, a community based not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that develops supportive community and private sector relationships with the Ithaca City School District. For more information, visit www.ipei.org or www.fabgithaca.org .