WEEKI WACHEE — The Weeki Wachee High School Sound of the Hornets Jazz Band will host a jazz festival from 2 to 8 p.m. May 12 in the school's auditeria. Eight bands will join the Hornets for the competition.
Bands from Santa Fe High School (Alachua County); Zephyrhills High, Land O'Lakes High and Bayonet Point Middle schools (Pasco); North Marion High School (Marion); Springstead High School (Hernando); Durant High School (Hillsborough); Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School (Pinellas); and Weeki Wachee will be judged by three clinicians from Gainesville.
The judges, University of Florida professor of jazz Scott Wilson and jazz musicians Tom Bietz and Chris Queenan, will rate the bands, and awards will also be given to the top students on each instrument and to top performing sections.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and anyone 55 or older. Refreshments will be available. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m.
At the end of the competition, the three judges will perform.