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Birmingham City High School Band Members Gain Insight at Educational Symposium Hosted by Birmingham City Council President Johnathan F. Austin

As festivities around the 75th Annual Magic City Classic begin to kickoff, Birmingham City Council President Johnathan F. Austin is making sure that amidst all the fun there is an educational component to the historic event. Today President Austin hosted an educational symposium for Birmingham City High School band students at the historic Carver Theatre featuring the District 5 Fun Day headliner, saxophonist Jessy J.

During the workshop, students were invited on stage to help compose music as Jessy J. taught them skills, tricks and techniques for producing vibrant melodies. Students were also given tips on warm up drills to keep their blood flowing while playing musical ballads. The young, yet seasoned and diverse musician also taught on the business aspect of music business, including how to make a career out the many facets of producing.

“I am thrilled to be able to create unique learning opportunities for our students, that take them out of the classroom and into historic venues such as the Carver Theatre,” Council President Austin said. “Jessy J. provided our students with a dynamic experience that will broaden their scope in the enormous field of music. This is beyond significant for those students that don’t aspire to be the attorney or doctor, as the symposium ignited another flame of possibilities for them to achieve in the future.“

Jessy J. has performed with a variety of artists such as the Temptations and Michael Bolton and also has experience as a studio musician and an Off-Broadway performer.

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry ( in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294.