Jazz music is a true American art form and it's bringing students and professionals together.
Saxophonist Craig Treinen and bassist Jerry DeVore were special guests at this year's Morningside Jazz Festival. Both are professional musicians who've played with some big names, including The Temptations and Gladys Knight.
High school bands from across Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota got a chance to learn from one of the pros.
"To hear from someone who's been there done that, they have all the experience, all the knowledge that you're always trying to learn," said Michaela Bretey from Gehlen Catholic.
"It's awesome," said Cehlen Catholic's band teacher, Paul Niebuhr. "That's what we want to have happen, you know. They need somebody to follow, somebody to emulate and it's great to have the kids get a chance to work with professionals."
The students and instructors weren't the only ones excited about this opportunity.
"To be apart of this is really inspirational because you get to relay all that information you learned back to the students in hopes that they get the opportunity to do what you've done," said saxophonist Craig Treinen.
Treinen and DeVore will be performing in concert this Saturday at Morningside College's Eppley Auditorium.
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