Five high school jazz ensembles, hundreds of Go Green Convention attendees and nearly 450 prospective students and parents will travel to Buckhannon Saturday for three major events at West Virginia Wesleyan College.
For the past 20 years, Wesleyan's Office of Admission has held Orange and Black Day on a Saturday in February. Accepted students who are academic scholarship recipients are invited along with their parents to enjoy a full schedule of events.
"Orange and Black Day is one of, if not, the most important day of the year for our office," said John Waltz, director of admission. "Typically, the majority of students who attend this program officially join our campus community in August."
Orange and Black Day activities include sessions on Wesleyan's Honors Program, academic and student life programs, a financial aid seminar, a student life fair, campus tours, a current student panel and academic department presentations. Prospective students are also recognized at the Orange and Black Day banquet in the French A. See Dining Center. Many of the participating high school seniors will also stay overnight on campus with a current student.
Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) are expecting more than 600 attendees at the second Go Green Convention. The event is designed to encourage West Virginia businesses, residents and students to make more environmentally friendly decisions. SIFE's mission is to provide education about environmental sustainability and how it is economical and practical to make business and personal decisions that protect and preserve the environment. The vendor show will run from noon until 5 p.m. in the John D. Rockefeller IV Physical Education Center.
The first Wesleyan high school jazz festival is expected to attract jazz musicians from Bridgeport, Buckhannon-Upshur, Morgantown, University and Wheeling Park. The groups will share the stage with Wesleyan's Big Band in a day of performances, workshops and master classes in the Virginia Thomas Law Center for the Performing Arts.
James Moore, visiting instructor of music and director of bands, will lead a team of the finest jazz educators/performers from the region including Thomas Wendt on drums, Eric DeFade on saxophone, Brian Stahurski on bass and Sean Parsons on piano. These guest artists will adjudicate and work one-on-one with high school students throughout the day.
Free and open to the public, the jazz performances begin at 11 a.m. The culminating concert, a performance by Wesleyan's Big Band, the guest artist sextet, will begin at 3:30 p.m.