YORK - The director of bands at Minden, John Jacobs, brought his wide ranging knowledge and experience to York on Monday for the annual Festival of Bands.

The Aurora native and one-time Osceola band instructor has been to York High in past years to spend a day in late winter sharing his directorial skill, much of which was learned during a 23-year with Army bands that took him to 21 countries.

Jacobs worked with numerous bands during a military career that ended with his retirement in 2011. In Minden he teaches instrumental music to students in grades 5-12.

At the invitation of YHS director of bands Curtis Forsch, during the day Monday he worked with the Duke jazz and concert bands which, during the evening performance, presented nine tunes.

More than 60 young musicians performed during the evening.


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