Elkhart Jazz Festival 2015: Hoagy’s Workshop connects students and musicians (via The Elkhart Truth)

Full Title: Elkhart Jazz Festival 2015: Hoagy’s Workshop connects local students with professional jazz musicians

Concord Community High School student Dustin Troyer admits that he can be shy, but his friends say he’s a “mad scientist” whenever he performs jazz on stage.

He’s one of at least 29 high school students attending Hoagy’s Workshop beginning Wednesday afternoon, June 17, at North Side Middle School in Elkhart. The two-day music program is being held in conjunction with the Elkhart Jazz Festival. Eight professional musicians, from trumpet and cornet player Randy Reinhart to drummer Eddie Metz, lead the workshop, helping students fine-tune their solo and ensemble jazz performances.

Troyer plays several instruments, from the trombone to the tuba and guitar, but it’s the jazz piano he’s looking to improve upon. He said the program will help him get a better understanding of the music — a genre he started playing as part of his high school band and continued performing to overcome his stage fright.

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