Texas A&M-Kingsville Jazz Festival celebrates 52nd year

Jones Auditorium - 02/14/19 - 03/30/19

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

            KINGSVILLE (February 14, 2019) — High school and middle school jazz bands from all over Texas will converge to help celebrate the 52nd Annual Texas A&M University-Kingsville Jazz Festival Friday and Saturday, March 29-30.


            This year’s featured guest, drummer Bernie Dresel, will be performing with Texas A&M-Kingsville’s Jazz Band I during the 7 p.m. concert Saturday in Jones Auditorium. Tickets are $7 each and are available by calling the music department at 361-593-2803 or visiting them in room 112 of the Bellamah Music Building.


            Performing at the Friday night concert in Jones Auditorium are Jazz Band IV, Latin Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band III. Admission is free.


            The Jazz Festival is expecting school bands from all over Texas, ranging from Austin to the north, Del Rio to the west, Victoria to the east and Mission to the south.


About Bernie Dresel

            Following and expanding on the great lineage of jazz big band drumming, Dresel currently leads his own big band, The BBB featuring Bernie Dresel. He is the former drummer for Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band and The Brian Setzer Orchestra. He has hundreds of television and movie credits including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Zootopia, Family Guy, The Simpsons and Incredibles 2.


            Dresel has been heard with everyone from Maynard Ferguson to Ringo Starr to James Brown to Frank Sinatra.


            The concert will feature Dresel’s high octane playing and music from his recordings Live N’ Bernin’ and the recently released Bern Bern Bern by The BBB featuring Bernie Dresel.


            Dresel has been one of the busiest studio and live musicians in the world as both a drummer and percussionist since moving to Los Angeles in 1983 after graduating from the prestigious Eastman School of Music.


            Modern Drummer magazine’s reader’s poll named Dresel the Best Big Band Drummer and Drum! magazine has put him on their list of 53 Drummers Who Made a Difference in the 90s as well as honoring him with a Drummie award for Best Big Band Drummer.


March 29

Middle School/High School Jazz Band Competition

3 – 6 p.m.

Free Admission

Jones Auditorium


Friday Evening Concert

7 p.m.

Featuring: Jazz Band IV, Latin Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Band III, then the Awards Presentation   

Free Admission

Jones Auditorium


March 30

High School Jazz Band Competition

Jones Auditorium:  8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Free Admission


Saturday Evening Concert

7 p.m.

Featuring:  Jazz Band II, Awards Presentation, Jazz Band I with Bernie Dresel

Admission:  $7 per person  

Jones Auditorium