Students Jam at Albemarle Schools Jazz Academy

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Young musicians are tooting their own horns all week at the Albemarle County Schools Jazz Academy.

Sixty rising sixth- through twelfth-graders are honing their musical skills every morning at Burley Middle School. The camp groups students who normally don't play together. The all-American music requires players to improvise and listen to the music around them, not just play notes on a page. 

"Jazz music has kind of a groove to it so that they find it fun to play," said band director Andrew LaPrade. 

LaPrade says he hopes to see the students take their skills on the road someday. For now, the group will give a performance Friday at noon. 

The concert is at the pavilion on the Charlottesville downtown mall and all are welcome.

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