The Blue Jay Jazz Foundation Board of Directors sincerely thanks all the mountain community residents and businesses who made last month’s 2017 Blue Jay Jazz Festival the most successful in our history. The positive response we received after each of this year’s three Thursday concerts – from audiences as well as the artists – was unprecedented.
At the top of the thank you list are Bill and Michelle Johnson of SkyPark at Santa’s Village, and all of their terrific staff, beginning with Patty Teachout. The Johnsons and their investors have not only revived a treasured mountain attraction, they have begun attracting new visitors to businesses all along the Rim. We are so grateful that went out of their way to create a music venue that is, as several guests have called it, ‘magical’ and ‘glorious.’
We also thank the Rotary Club of Lake Arrowhead and the Rim High School Marching Band, and its music director Abri Naim, for the wonderful series finale on August 24. The generous student scholarships that Rotary continues to fund, and the Marching Band’s performance that opened that concert, underscore our Foundation’s mission to support music education in our mountain schools and neighborhoods.
Finally, thanks to our many 2017 donors, the advertisers in our souvenir program, the volunteer ushers and Scouts who assisted arriving guests, and the Mountain News for its coverage of the historic 2017 Blue Jay Jazz Festival.
With so much support and success, we look forward to returning even stronger in 2018. Until then, we continue our music education and enrichment programs, like the year-round instrument loan program for students. We even hope to have a few surprises ahead.