Registration deadline approaching for Drayton Harbor Music Festival

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By Steve Guntli

Time is running out to sign up for the Drayton Harbor Music Festival.

Registration for the 14th annual festival closes on June 30. The festival, formerly known as the Blaine Jazz Festival, is a weeklong music camp for kids ages 12 to 19, sponsored by the Pacific Arts Association (PAA).

A collection of acclaimed jazz musicians from around the world travel to Blaine each year to teach master classes in various musical disciplines. Students can learn to perfect their technique in a dozen different instruments, or advance their singing with the help of acclaimed vocalists.

“This is unlike any other student festival of its kind,” said bass instructor Larry Holloway. “The students have a golden opportunity to interact up close, perform and learn from top-notch working professionals and educators.”

For the second year in a row, Blaine resident Sandy Wolf will teach her musical theater course. Wolf, fresh off the success of “Marina,” a musical based in Blaine that recently showed at Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham, is one of the founders of PAA.

Musicians and students alike participate in a week of musical events throughout the city. Musicians will stage street concerts in G Street and H Street plazas throughout the week. The Big Band Benefit concert on July 9 is a yearly highlight. Musicians play a series of swing music favorites from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s at the Semiahmoo Resort Golf Club. Tickets for the Big Band Benefit are $50 each, and the event sells out every year.

The Drayton Harbor Music Festival runs from July 5 to July 11. For more information on tuition and events, visit draytonharbormusic.org.

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