Western Illinois University: Macomb Campus
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Al Sears Jazz Festival
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The Al Sears Jazz Festival, founded in 2002 and produced by the City of Macomb, has grown to include the region's top performing jazz artists as well as artist of international fame. Western Illinois University and the Jazz Studies Department have played a significant role in this great festival from its inception with performances by the WIU Steel Band, Jazz Studio Orchestra, and the WIU Hopper Faculty Jazztet.
Performing with the JSO on September 29, 2012 is Dr. Stephen Hawk, BME graduate of Western Illinois University and currently teaching at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania.