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Sharon Banks elected chair of Detroit Jazz Festival Board of Trustees

Sharon Banks

Sharon Banks

DETROIT — The Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation Board and board of trustees has elected Sharon Banks as chair of the Detroit Jazz Festival Board of Trustees, a 19-member board that helps to support the Festival. Banks replaces Dr. Stanley M. Berry of Meridian Health Plan, who served two years as the chair and will remain on the board.

Banks is president and CEO of Bankable Marketing Strategies, has been involved with the Festival for decades and has served on the Board of Trustees since 2008. As chair, Banks’ says her goal is to help preserve the legacy of the world’s largest free jazz festival for future generations and continue to raise awareness of the Festival’s community programs that take place throughout the year. Additionally, she hopes to encourage other community members to become Festival ambassadors to help reinforce the Festival’s positive impact in the region.

“Sharon is a great fit as our chair of the Board of Trustees. Her passion for jazz and the city of Detroit are a tremendous asset to the Festival and its mission to enrich the lives of community and education members through one-of-a-kind opportunities focused around jazz, its history and its culture,” said Gretchen Valade, chair of the Foundation Board of Directors, Detroit Jazz Festival. “We are excited about her increasing contributions to the Festival.”

While growing up in Detroit, jazz was a staple in Banks’ household, and she is proud to be a part of a Festival that celebrates its rich history. Banks originally joined the Detroit Jazz Festival Board of Trustees, and supported its many initiatives, because of her desire to aid in efforts to further the education, access and appreciation of jazz music.

“As a longtime supporter and advocate of the Detroit Jazz Festival, I am honored to have been elected chair. The Festival and its year-round efforts are a true gift to the region and I hope to continue its great mission,” Banks said. “This is sure to be another phenomenal year for the Detroit Jazz Festival.”

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