Inner city jazz band returns to Vail |

Inner city jazz band returns to Vail

Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado – The Inner City Educational Foundation Jazz and Marching Band will perform during Saturday’s Fourth of July parade in Vail. The band, made up of 100 musicians from The Inner City Educational Foundation schools and Washington Preparatory School, is conducted by Fernando Pullum. Pullum founded the school’s jazz program, and includes a community service element that gives students the opportunity to teach other disadvantaged kids how music can enrich their lives.

The band came to Vail from South Central Los Angeles for the first time eight years ago thanks to Howard Stone, founder and chairman of the Vail Jazz Foundation. The Vail Jazz Foundation’s mission is to perpetuate jazz through education and performances, with a focus on young musicians and young audiences.

The trip to Vail – which takes 20 hours one way from California – is a powerful motivator for children in the program, organizers say.

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