Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival workshops are a treat for musicians of all ages

MOSCOW, ID - Thousands of high school students from across the Northwest and Canada are taking a break from their regular class schedule to visit the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow.

Reporter Rachel Dubrovin shows us how the Jazz Fest. teaches young artists about the importance of music.

This is one of the busiest times of year for Moscow because the University of Idaho's Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is officially underway. We're downtown at the Kenworthy Theater to check out a couple of the workshops they're offering high school students.

"It's the biggest trip of the year," said Cascade High School Student Jonathan Blake.

These high school students made the trip from Leavenworth, Washington for an unforgettable field trip in Moscow.

"In Leavenworth there's not a lot of live jazz music," said Blake. "There's a lot of live other music, but there's so many professionals from around the world and that's really great.'

"It's great that the University of Idaho and Moscow have invested in this," said Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Clinician Bob Athayde.

The festival workshops are a treat for musicians of all ages, including the people that come to teach them.

"I've been teaching public school for 37 years," said Athayde. "From the teaching standpoint, I really enjoy the fact that you see lights go on."

The festival offers a workshop on just about everything related to jazz from building a rhythm

To improvisation.

"I think it's important to remember the value of just taking chances and just playing and seeing what happens," said Master Clarinetist Ken Peplowski.

Peplowski is one of the festival's headliners that took time to teach the kids a thing or two about going with your gut.

And while schools across the nation are stressing the importance of math and science education, the jazz fest gives students a couple days to march to the beat of a different drum.

"Music and art have always been doing it correctly, we've been going deeper," said Athayde. "We work practically with the end in mind, and we stay current with what's going on."

Jazz Fest workshops and concerts will continue through Saturday night.

Many of the Jazz Fest. artists spend the last couple days traveling to schools across the region to share their talents with the students that might not be able to make it up to Moscow for the festival this year.