Last night, at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri St. Louis campus, the Des Lee Collaborative held a concert of its middle school and high school honor jazz bands.
The young performers, ranging from the 7th though 12th grades and coming from city public and parochial schools as well as sububan St. Louis school districts, were amazing musicians.
The Des Lee Collaborative is a one of a kind, arts program based at UMSL and funded in perpetuity through an endowment created by Mr. and Mrs. Desmond Lee.
The Collaborative brings together educators, students, and arts resources around the St. Louis region in a program involving thousands of indiviudals on an annual basis. St. Louis area students gain access to music education, art exhibits, and professional music and theater performances year round. The program is the envy of arts communities around the country.