The key objective of this project is to research and analyze the Phi Mu Alpha–Upsilon Phi Jazz Festival (JazzFest)—its patterns, rituals, participants’ behavior, values, status hierarchy among individuals, gestures, body language, clothing, vernacular speech, and so on—using ethnographic and anthropological methods (e.g., field notes, oral history, archival research) in order to illuminate the festival’s cultural and historical significance.
(Video credit: Justin Borgstede, J. Borg Media, 2015. Courtesy of the videographer)
–Visiting High Schools and Middle Schools: History
–A Day with a Middle School Jazz Band–Rehearsal, Performance, and Clinic
–Featured clinic with Ron Miles
–Saturday Evening Performance Overview and Ethnographic Analysis