Since 1975, the Fargo/Moorhead Kicks Jazz Band has sounded its saxophones and strings to sustain the tradition of big-band while promoting jazz music locally. As part of their efforts to preserve jazz, the musicians have reached over 3,000 students this year through education programs.
Enriching the curriculum through guest artist residencies, the Kicks conducted master classes with band students at Hawley, Minn., and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton high schools. They also have performed for every fifth-grader in Fargo through the FM Learning Bank’s Jazz History Program.
Tim Johnson, trombonist, bassist and band director at D-G-F Middle School, believes the preservation of music is propelled by live performance. “The power of going to a live performance can’t be duplicated — feeling the music, seeing the musicians. It’s a bit magical,” he says.