John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival, Student Essay Contest Now Open Statewide
HIGH POINT, NC — In the seven-year history of the John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival, students enrolled in the counties of Alamance, Guilford and Forsyth were the only ones eligible to participate in the annual essay contest and compete for prizes of brand new instruments. For 2018, the contest will be open to middle and high school music students throughout the state of North Carolina.
The Student Essay Contest is sponsored by the Friends of John Coltrane, Inc., organizers of the Coltrane Jazz Festival. This is the eighth year the contest has been held. To date, over 65 instruments have been awarded to aspiring students at a retail value of more than $100,000.
Entries are now being taken for the 2018 essay contest. In a 150-250 word written essay, entrants should explain what music means in their lives, which instrument they would like to win, and how a new instrument would help them achieve their goals. The submission deadline is July 14, 2018. For the first time since the contest has been held, all entries will be submitted online at the festival website under “Student Contest” at www.coltranejazzfest.com.
Only students enrolled in a North Carolina middle or high school are eligible to participate. Contest winners will be presented with their new instruments on stage during the second day of the 8th Annual John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival, Sunday, September 2, 2018 in Oak Hollow Festival Park, High Point, NC. The prizes are made possible by Bill Banks, Joe Williams, and KHS America, Inc., an instrument manufacturer along with local sponsors.