a first-of-its-kind, inter-district event
Brian Collins (moderator and science teacher at Unity HS), Alex Erickson (Unity HS), John Bateman (St. Croix Falls HS), Oliver Krzystofiak (St. Croix Falls HS), Morgan Gjovic (Osceola HS), Lyric Benjamin (Unity HS) and Mara Christensen (Osceola HS)

SCUUF launches Main Street Voices
with sold-out concerts featuring Ann Reed and Joan Griffith

Main Street Voices kicked off its new community initiative with highly acclaimed singer-songwriter Ann Reed who has performed coast to coast for much-loved fans for more than 45 years.  Her rich vocals, masterful 12-string guitar and keen wit entertained audiences at two sold-out concerts on November 3rd and 4th at Festival Theatre.  Ann was accompanied by Joan Griffith.  Joan is a teacher, performer and composer, and has toured and recorded extensively as a classical and jazz guitarist, bassist and mandolinist. She teaches jazz improvisation, guitar, bass and mandolin at the University of St. Thomas and directs the jazz band at Macalester College.

Ann Read and Joan Griffith
Ann Reed and Joan Griffith

“Jazz in the Afternoon” featured pianist & singer Larry McDonough and saxophonist & poet Richard Terrill

St. Paul jazz pianist & singer Larry McDonough and saxophonist & poet Richard Terrill performed at the Taylors Falls Community Center on Sunday afternoon, February 26. Their rich music and poetry are well known to jazz enthusiasts in the region and throughout the St. Croix Valley. The duo performed the music of visionary jazz pianist Bill Evans and discussed Evans’ life and contributions to jazz.

SCUUFers attend Cultural Jambalaya event

SCUFFers recently attended Cultural Jambalaya’s annual event in Minneapolis, which provides educators with creative multimedia resources to address the critical need for global education in schools.  Cultural Jam’s videos bring the world into the classroom with free content and lesson plans that improve student’s global awareness and cross-cultural understanding. www.culturaljam.org.

SCUUF at Cultural Jambalaya 2021
Several SCUUFers attended, including (left to right): Carolyn Saunders, Ann Turner, Charlie Mayo, Sue Matthews, Dwayne Maier, Gail Shore, Jean Shore.