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Lakeland Jazz Festival marks 45 years offering entertainment, education – News


The Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra helped close out the 45th Lakeland Jazz Festival at Lakeland Community College on March 19. The three-day event showcased local as well as national talent.
The Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra helped close out the 45th Lakeland Jazz Festival at Lakeland Community College on March 19. The three-day event showcased local as well as national talent.
Carrie Garland — The News Herald




It was more than a job that drew Clem Hamilton to Lake County nine years ago.

The Lakeland Jazz Festival happened to coincide with one of his interviews for CEO of Holden Arboretum in Kirtland.

The 53-year wind instrumentalist, who had been working in Illinois, decided to check out one of the festival shows. He was sold.

He took the job and an opening in Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra’s saxophone section the following year.

“I thought, if this was the local amateur music scene, that made it a very attractive place to live and work,” said Hamilton, who recently left Holden to pursue research.

He was among the performers at the 45th annual Lakeland Jazz Festival, at Lakeland Community College March 17 through

Article source: http://www.news-herald.com/general-news/20170319/lakeland-jazz-festival-marks-45-years-offering-entertainment-education

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