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April 24, 2010|By Joyce Rudolph

A celebration of the arts and conservation will come together at the seventh annual Downtown Burbank Arts Festival this weekend.

Showing their skills will be about 100 professional artists exhibiting in tandem with local schools’ visual and performing arts groups.

Rhonda Mills of West Coast Artists is coordinating the professionals who will show everything from paintings and sculpture to jewelry, fiber art and stained glass.

The twice-a-year festival showcases contemporary artists and craftsmen in the fall and in spring, and starting in 2008, emerging artists with the Burbank Arts and Education Foundation were added.

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“The foundation helps provide arts for all in the schools,” said Gail Stewart, business district manager for city of Burbank.

Burbank High School will have several students performing, Stewart said.

“I’m very excited because all the music programs in Burbank are at the highest caliber, and it’s a great opportunity for Burbank residents to come out and see them for free and enjoy the Downtown Burbank area,” she said.

Two performing groups are coming from Burbank High, said Band Director Mike Stanley.

The Jazz Combo will perform from 12:55 to 1:20 p.m today.

This is a new group at the school, and it’s not a class. It’s an extracurricular group started by the assistant director, Maurice Limon, that meets Tuesday nights.

“It’s a small group of about eight musicians,” Stanley said. “It teaches the students to perform jazz solos and improvise.”

The Burbank High School Full Jazz Band, which has 24 members, will play from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

The band is going to play charts that they do in competition festivals.

It will be a mix of Stan Kenton, Count Basie and Duke Ellington.

“The repertoire represents standard literature from the 20th century,” Stanley said.

The featured vocalist will be Mallory Maisner from the Vocal Music Assn., who will sing George Gershwin’s “Summer Time.”

Stanley wants his students to perform in front of an audience.

“It gives them a chance to practice performing like professionals,” he said.

India Pascucci, Burbank High sophomore, will perform percussion with three groups during the arts festival.

On Saturday, she will be onstage with the group Harvey Drive, playing covers like “Beautiful Disaster” by 311 and “Come Together” by the Beatles.

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