North County High School Day of Jazz
The 6th Annual North County High School Day of Jazz will be hosted at North County High School in Bonne Terre, MO on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2023. Our goal for this event is to provide a FREE positive, educational clinic experience for students and directors. Each clinic will be 50 minutes in length.
Our evening concert with the North County Jazz Bands and our guest clinician / artist is set to begin at 7:00pm. Admission is free! Come join the fun!
We are very excited to announce that our 2023 Guest Clinician / Artist is Mr. Ron Sikes!
Ron Sikes began teaching in the Jefferson R-VII School District (Festus, Missouri) in 2000. His responsibilities include, 6th Grade Band, 7th/8th Grade Band, Guitar, High School Jazz Band, and High School Band. In 2011 & 2014, The Jefferson High School Concert Band was selected to perform at the Missouri Music Educators Association Convention. In addition to his many teaching responsibilities, Sikes maintains a busy schedule as a clinician, composer, percussionist, drum set artist, frottoirist, and jazz vibraphonist. In 2017, he contributed to Gary Gackstatter’s book, “The Spark.” Ron has served as a guest clinician/director/conductor for honor groups such as CDMMEA (Central District), MAAA (MS concert band), Metro 8 (MS jazz), St. Louis Suburban (MS jazz), St. Clair County (IL) Honor Jazz Band, Bishop DuBourg Honor Band, Southeast Missouri All-District Jazz Band and more. Ron has received Missouri East Central #7 Music Educator of Year on two occasions (2011 & 2018).
As a composer, Sikes has written music for concert bands, jazz bands, and professional bands. His compositions have been performed all over the country. As a performer, Ron performs with the Funky Butt Brass Band, Back Pocket Trio, Millennial Falcons, Unity Jazz Quartet, Moonshine Lawson & Southside Creole Playboys. Other playing credits include: Gumbohead, Boudin Bros, Musica SLESA, Rhythm Section Road Show, Big Chief, All Roostered Up, Shane Maue, The Trophy Mules, Paul Winter, Eugene Friesen, Darol Anger, Barbara Higbie, Sam Bush, Stephen Mougin, Tommy Halloran, Stratus, Mama's Pride, Pat Liston, Danny Liston, Big Mike Aguirre and the Blu City All-Stars, Preston Hubbard, & Rockin' Jake. He has performed all over the country and recorded over 20 CD’s with various artists from all genres.
Ron earned an Associate of Arts from Jefferson College in 1996 and a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1999 from University of MO-St. Louis. In 2008, he completed his Masters in Educational Administration from Missouri Baptist University. Ron has been influenced by some of the finest educators, including Mark Trautwein, Brad Madson, Dr. Claude Baker, Dr. William Richardson, Marvin Sparks, Jeff Hamilton, Sally Herman, Dennis Reis & Ray Hunt.
Ron is the host of Jazz Chat, a podcast that features conversations with educators, composers, and performers of the American art form know as jazz!
Sikes’ professional affiliations include the MBA, Phi Beta Mu, NAfME, MOJAE, MMEA, and MSTA, and remains active as a performer, teacher, and clinician throughout the area. He has also served as MMEA Jazz Vice-President, East Central #7 President, Past-President and HS Jazz Vice-President. Ron is a native of Hillsboro, Missouri and currently resides in the Jefferson R-VII district (Festus, MO) with his wife, Catie and three daughters; Madelyn, Lillian, and Olivia.
At this time, we are accepting the first 3 registered bands. We will be accepting one band per school unless there are additional available slots within two weeks of the clinic date. Any additional bands will be placed on a waiting list.
Participating Bands ENTRY FORM
Any bands registered after capacity is reached will be placed on a waiting list.
Stage Area Provided Equipment List
If you have any questions or concerns at this time, please don't hesitate to make contact.
Director of Bands
North County High School
7151 Raider Rd.
Bonne Terre, MO 63628