Jazz bands and show choirs take the stage on Saturday for Showcase of Excellence | The music

QUINCY — Jazz bands and show choirs from Illinois, Iowa and Missouri will take the stage Saturday as part of the 28th Annual Showcase of Excellence at Quincy High School.

Twelve jazz bands, including bands Quincy Junior High School and QHS, will perform beginning at 8 a.m. and awards will be presented at 1 p.m. Nine show choirs will perform beginning at 2 p.m. All performances will take place at the QHS Theatre.

The day is rounded off with a performance by QHS Jazz Band I at 6:30 p.m., the Solo Singing Competition Finals at 7 p.m., a performance by Electric Blue, the QHS Show Choir, at 7:30 p.m. and the Show Choir Awards at 8 p.m. .

“Seeing student musicians in their element is always entertaining,” said Todd Pettit, Quincy K-12 Public Schools Music Director.

Students showcase their musical talent during performances and have the opportunity to work with expert clinicians.

Tickets, available at the door and valid for all performances, are $12 for adults and $8 for students.

Showcase of Excellence is a major fundraiser for Friends of the Performing Arts, which supports the QPS K-12 music program.

“We continue to appreciate the support of the Quincy community for our annual showcase,” Pettit said. “It’s such a privilege to take advantage of our QHS performing arts facilities and showcase the talented musicians who return for the event each year.”

Concessions will be available throughout the day with dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

More information is available by calling the QHS Music Department at 217-224-3774.

Ada J. Kenney