The All-City Jazz Ensemble is funded through Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues (SFJB) and began in 2000. All-City Jazz Ensemble is comprised of the best Sioux Falls student jazz musicians. The students participating were elected by their school’s band director and are broken into two groups: All-City High School Jazz Ensemble and All-City Middle School Jazz Ensemble.
Both ensembles are under the direction of Paul Schilf, Ph.D. The All-City High School Jazz Ensemble rehearses for five-six weeks prior to a wonderful performance in Fall. The All-City Middle School Jazz Ensemble rehearses in the Spring for five-six weeks as well prior to their performance.
SFJB’s Educational Fund provides supplemental music education opportunities to the youth in the Sioux Falls community. A JazzFest Jazz Camp Scholarship for an amount of $300 is awarded to two high school ensemble participants and two middle school ensemble participants. This scholarship allows students to further their musical studies at the annual summer band camp!