Jazz musicians from Pine River-Backus, Pillager and Pequot Lakes schools will gather at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in the Pine River-Backus School performance gym for an event absent from the area for years.

"This is the first event of this kind in decades in this area," said Ben Kinser, PR-B School band director. "A concert that's free to the public and features the premiere jazz groups from Pillager, Pequot and Pine River-Backus. We are hoping to make this an annual event and rotate who hosts."

This event will start with Pequot Lakes performing with Pillager next and concluding with Pine River-Backus. The grand finale will feature a massive conglomeration of all three bands.

"This year we are featuring select Buddy Rich songs and look forward to this amazing event," Kinser said.

Select concessions will be available. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first note hits at 7 p.m.