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NCHS Day of Jazz

Dave Dickey

The 2nd Annual North County High School Day of Jazz will be hosted at North County High School in Bonne Terre on Thursday.

There will be a clinic during the day to provide a positive, educational clinic experience for students and directors.

The North County Jazz Bands will then host an evening concert at 7 p.m. with a special guest clinician, Dave Dickey. Admission is free and everyone is invited to come out and experience an evening of jazz.

Dave Dickey is a trombonist, band leader, and educator currently at University of Missouri-St. Louis. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and grew up in West Des Moines and Clive. He directs the Dave Dickey Big Band, which is an 18-piece all-star educator big band featuring faculty and musicians from St. Louis, Edwardsville, Columbia, Springfield, and Champaign-Urbana. He has also directed the St. Louis MetroBones, which is a youth band consisting of 14 trombones and four rhythm section (this band has performed with Bonerama and Michael Dease). He is also past president and current board member of MOAJE (Missouri Association for Jazz Education) and board member of the St. Louis Low Brass Collective.

After high school, Dickey attended the University of North Texas and received a bachelor's in jazz studies. While at North Texas, he recorded two CDs with the famed One O’ Clock Lab Band directed by Neil Slater and one CD with the Zebras under the leadership of Dan Hearle. Dave then moved to Miami and lived there for six years as a performing/touring musician and also a jazz radio DJ for WDNA-Miami. While living in Miami, he received his master's in jazz performance from Florida International University. Next, he moved to Urbana, Ill., to work on his DMA in jazz performance. While he was there he was teaching music classes and jazz ensembles at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and Richland Community College in Decatur.

He has also performed with jazz artists such as Arturo Sandoval, Paquito D'Rivera, Tito Puente, Nestor Torres, David Sanborn, Louie Bellson, Dave Liebman, John Fedchock, Bobby Shew, Eddie Daniels, Randy Brecker, Byron Stripling, Jim Pugh, Vincent DiMartino, Kevin Mahogany, Art Seres, Vic Damone, Johnny Mathis, Frank Sinatra Jr., Melton Mustafa Orchestra, Dennis Noday Orchestra, Four Freshman, Bob Hoose Orchestra, Lee Harris Orchestra, Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Pete Peterson Jazz Colection Orchestra, Jim Widner Big Band, St. Louis Jazz Orchestra and many others.

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