Twenty-six jazz students from Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) will perform a benefit concert for Winona’s Food Shelf, kicking-off MN FoodShare’s March Campaign on Wednesday, March 4 at 7pm. Admission is by freewill donation to the cause. Please join us; it’s an opportunity to support these talented and caring young musicians as well as help out our community. Refreshments will be served. Doors open at 6:45. The building is ADA accessible at the Johnson Street canopied entrance.

About MCA Jazz Combos

The jazz combo program, which began in September 2012 under the direction of Dave Gudmastad, has grown quickly. Each jazz combo rehearses for one hour each week beginning in September and continuing through March. The combos help students learn the art of jazz in a small ensemble setting. The rehearsal sessions provide basic instruction in jazz-related rhythm, tone, style, concept, listening skills, and improvisation. The jazz ensembles made up of middle and high school students perform in variety of venues including at local establishments including Wellington’s Pub & Grill, Cafe Congo, and MCA’s own Academy Theatre. New sessions start each September and January for young musicians interested in joining a combo. MCA also offers private music lessons and variety of music classes. Learn more about MCA’s Music Division

About Cafe Congo

Café Congo is a social action initiative of the First Congregational Church of Winona, an Open & Affirming community of faith located at 161 W. Broadway Street, Winona, MN. For more information about Cafe Congo click here.