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John Coltrane Jazz Workshop for youth celebrating 15th year

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The John Coltrane Jazz Workshop for youth is celebrating its 15th year.

The summer program teaches musically gifted seventh through 12th-graders about jazz history and jazz theory for four days at Penn-Griffin School for the Arts in High Point.

Wally West has served as music director of the program since it began.

“I love this. I look forward to it every summer, and I’ll tell you why, it’s because of the kids,” West said.

Throughout the sessions, students work on group and solo performances.

Isaiah Mack is a former student who returned this year as an intern providing instruction.

“It's amazing how some of the students can look up to you and ask you for certain advice,” Mack said.

"I've had a lot of fun. It’s really not what I was expecting at all,” student Lorelai Lysaght said.

The High Point Arts Council sponsors the workshop.

Once the program concludes on Thursday, the students will play a free community jazz concert that evening.

The concert is July 28 at 7 p.m. at Penn-Griffin School for the Arts at 825 E. Washington Drive in High Point.