The sounds of jazz will fill the Hudson High School auditorium March 16 as jazz bands from Hudson High, Hudson Middle School, Solon, Stow, and other local schools, will perform from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. These performances are free and open to the public. Participating jazz bands will also attend clinics and sectionals throughout the day.

The Jazz Fest will conclude with a performance by Conrad Herwig at 7 p.m. He will be joined by local professional musicians Jack Schantz, Bobby Selvaggio, Katherine Lauson-Iriarte, Rock Wehrmann, Dave Morgan, Mark Gondor, and Jeremy Poparad.

Hudson's own Jazz I will open the show, directed by Roberto Iriarte.

For more than 30 years, Conrad has been captivating audiences for more than 30 years. To date, he has released 20 recordings as a leader in addition to contributing to nearly 200 other recording sessions with some of the most notable artists in jazz such as Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Buddy Rich and the Mingus Big Band.

He is a master of Latin and Latin Jazz genres, receiving favorable reviews for his Latin Side CDs - Latin Jazz arrangements of John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, and Herbie Hancock.

Since 2004, he has taught in the prestigious jazz program at Rutgers University and is professor of jazz trombone, jazz improvisation and jazz arranging. He is also a visiting professor of jazz studies at the Juilliard School.

To hear a sample of his music, visit

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Tickets may be purchased from The Learned Owl Book Shop, 204 N. Main St.; Acme Fresh Market, 116 W. Streetsboro Road in Hudson; Hudson Jazz I or II members; or Jazz Fest Chair Lori Carlson at 330-655-2422 or

In addition, organizations have an opportunity to showcase their business by becoming a Program Sponsor in the Jazz Fest Program. For more information about sponsorship levels, contact Lori Carlson at

Sponsorship information must be received by Feb. 25.