Acclaimed L.A. youth band marches in parade and plays free show for Vail Jazz’s 25th anniversary
VAIL, Colo. - There’s nothing like a patriotic jazz band to pique one’s sense of national pride. In celebration of both the nation’s independence as well as its 25th anniversary, Vail Jazz is resurrecting an old tradition for Vail’s Fourth of July celebration.
The Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center Jazz Band will march through Vail for the Vail America Days Parade at 10 a.m. July 4 and then conduct a free performance at Vail Square in Lionshead at 1 p.m.
Hailing from Los Angeles, where Vail Jazz founder Howard Stone resides part-time, Fernando Pullum has dedicated his life to providing performing arts educations to at-risk youth. Growing up in a tough neighborhood in westside Chicago, Pullum took up the trumpet at an early age. After earning a degree in musical education, he moved to L.A. and founded the Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center, a nonprofit organization that helps cultivate academic success and self-esteem for more than 600 students between 5 and 20 years old every year. The Center’s programs have led to a 100-percent high school graduation rate among its students.
“I was once a discarded kid and through music I was able to enhance my life,” Pullum says. “A teacher gave me that gift and I would like to share that gift with our students and kids from our community.”
The Pullum Center’s jazz band has shared stages with the likes of Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder and Jackson Browne, performed at jazz festivals throughout the world and played for Prince Charles and here in Vail for President Ford.
Don’t miss the inspiring youth band marching through Vail at 10 a.m. and performing in Lionshead at 1 p.m. on July 4.


Shauna Farnell
Content and Public Relations Consultant
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