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Jazz concert to celebrate Wheaton’s community spirit

For the past decade, I have spent my professional life planning all types of events. These have included holiday events, corporate trainings and more than 250 weddings.

To the guest, an event is a representation of the corporation, nonprofit or family. To the organizer, the event is a representation of countless hours, dedication to a cause and a history much richer than guests may know.

A few days from now, world-renowned jazz saxophonist Greg Vail will take the stage at Memorial Park. A nominee for 2010 American Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year, Vail is not coming to Wheaton by chance. This outdoor community concert is the culmination and vision of longtime Wheaton resident and professor, Tracy Scott.

Originally from the West Side of Chicago, Scott moved, at the age of 12, to Wheaton, where he attended Edison Middle School, Wheaton Central High School and then College of DuPage, before continuing his education, which concluded with a doctorate degree in clinic psychology and seminary ordination.

Bringing this high level of talent and artistry to Wheaton always has been Scott’s goal. He founded Feeding the Soul Christian Ministries and, both of which are operated out of downtown Wheaton. Since 2008, the ministry and radio station have hosted at least four indoor concerts. In 2012, Scott approached the Wheaton Park District about hosting the event outdoors.

As one of the staff members charged with bringing this event to Memorial Park, I have had the privilege to assist in producing this event for the community. This partnership, like many of the others the park district has formed, really is a great demonstration of people working together, being progressive, and making our community the best.

The event will cross the lines of many subcommunities within Wheaton: the event founders, sponsors, benefactors and our award recipients have strong Wheaton ties. This is going to be a wonderful showcase of Wheaton’s rich history and spirit.

The event will be Saturday at Memorial Park, at 208 West Union Ave. The park will open at 4 p.m. and the concert will begin at 6 p.m.

For information on the performers, details of this great event or to buy tickets, visit Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate.

Kristina Nemetz is the superintendent of marketing and events for the Wheaton Park District.

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