Needham High musicians will join counterparts from area communities and across the country competing in Berklee College of Music’s 44th High School Jazz Festival on Saturday at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. The festival will showcase more than 3,000 students and 200 bands and singing groups from the United States and Canada, all vying for $175,000 in scholarships to Berklee’s five-week summer performance program. The event is the largest high school jazz festival in the country. It will include clinics and concerts by drummer Kendrick Scott, saxophonist Hailey Niswanger, and San Francisco Jazz faculty members. The free event will run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with winners announced at 6 p.m. and a concert showcasing the top performers at 7:30 p.m. More information can be found at www.berkleejazz.org.
- Evan Allen