May 042017

If you’re heading out to Jazz Fest today (Thursday), make sure to catch one of the many local schools performing throughout the fairgrounds.

First up, the Eleanor McMain Singing Mustangs take the Gospel Tent at 11:20 a.m. The secondary school’s Gospel choir consists of approximately 55 students in the 9th through 12th grade and has performed at Jazz Fest for the last six years.

Next up, Lake Area High School’s “Singing Leopards” Gospel choir will take their “inspiring a cappella” selections to the stage at 12:10 p.m. The leopards will be followed by Landry Walker Charter High School’s choir will perform their first major show at 1 p.m.

Keeping with the educational performances, the McDonogh #35 High School gospel choir is slated to perform Thursday. The group’s innovation year after year make it a crowd favorite among Gospel lovers and those who appreciate fine choreography, and the ensemble’s biography on the Jazz Fest’s website touts the group’s charm.

“Through the years, the students change, but this popular choir remains strong and spirited,” the bio said. “It starts with an energetic leader and continues with powerful soloists who step out from the ensemble.”

The group is scheduled at sing from 2:45 to 3:25 p.m. in the Gospel Tent.

The International School of Louisiana, which is opening a Mid-City campus later this year, is also slated to perform Thursday. The school’s Circus Arts Kids will go on stage at 5:15 in the Kid’s Tent.

To see the full schedule of Thursday’s events, visit Jazz Fest’s website.

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