The Blue Springs High School Wildcat Jazz Ensemble, along with other Blue Springs middle school jazz bands, will be performing a non-traditional concert that features special lighting effects and a variety of music on April 25.

“An Evening of Jazz” is this Friday, starting at 8 p.m. at the Blue Springs High School Performing Arts Center, 2000 N.W. Ashton Drive in Blue Springs. Admission is $5 per person.

Big band, 1940s swing, rock and roll and salsa/mambo music, as well as New Orleans, Chicago and Kansas City Swing styles of jazz will be performed. Plus the Wildcat Jazz Ensemble will debut a piece composed specifically for them by Kansas City musician Kurt Moiser entitled, “Mambo Swing.”

The concert will also feature the Sunny Vale Jazz Band, Brittany Hill Jazz Band, Delta Woods Jazz Band and the BSHS Jazz Lab Band.

The Wildcat Jazz Ensemble has been recognized with Division I ratings at the University of Central Missouri Jazz Festival, the Northwest Missouri State Jazz Festival, the Pittsburg State Jazz Festival and the University of Kansas Jazz Festival. In April 2013, Wildcat Jazz won a national contest and performed as the featured act with actress Geena Davis for 8,000 patrons in the opening ceremonies at the National School Boards Association Convention in San Diego.

Wildcat Jazz is one of several after-school musical ensembles for Blue Springs High School students. Auditions for the ensemble are held at the end of the marching season with rehearsals beginning mid-to-late November. The group rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school with occasional sectionals on Wednesdays.

For tickets, contact Blue Springs High School at 816-229-3459.