Since decades the "Pop and Jazz Art" Department of the National Academy of Music "Prof. Pancho Vladigerov" is an incubator for professional musicians in these genres. The Big Band Orchestra to the Department where the young talents get acquainted with the art of the renowned names in the genres plays an important role in the birth of new musicians. This year the Big Band Orchestra to the "Pop and Jazz Art" Department of the National Academy of Music "Prof. Pancho Vladigerov" conducted by Mihail Yossifov will have the honour to open A to JazZ Festival. His professionalism combined with the enthusiasm of the young musicians members of the Big Band are what make the concerts of this orchestra unforgettable. The repertoire of the concert will include plays by Count Basie, Tito Puente, Tower of Power as well as other beautiful big band pieces.