Campana music festival returns to Amador Valley High campus today

40th annual jazz celebration; anniversary party to follow

The 40th annual Campana Jazz Festival is set for today at Amador Valley High School. The day-long event is named in honor of the late Jim Campana, AVHS music director from 1959-79.

The festival is set to begin at 8 a.m. on the AVHS campus, 1155 Santa Rita Road. Middle and high school big bands and combo divisions from more than 20 schools across Northern California will be featured in the event, according to festival sponsor Amador Friends of Music (AFM).

Admission to the festival is $10, $8 for senior citizens and students, and free for those 5 years old and younger.

An awards concert to begin at 5:30 p.m. will conclude the festival, and immediately following will be a 40th anniversary party at the Castlewood Country Club located at 707 Country Club Circle in Pleasanton. The anniversary celebration will include dinner at themed food stations, no-host bar and live jazz music throughout the evening.

Campana passed away in 2013, and his family has planned the anniversary party to honor the legacy of the annual jazz music festival and the continued support from the Pleasanton community, according to AFM.

Tickets for the anniversary celebration are $50 in advance and $60 on the day of the event. Tickets purchased in advance also include admission to the awards concert portion of the music festival. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


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