High school jazz band plays at local festival

Jazz band practices for Jazz Festival.
Jazz combo band practices the song "I love you" during fourth hour September 7th in the band room. In photo is Senior Mike Neu, Sarah Smith, Colin Croy, Joseph Winstein-Hibbs and Sam Freund. (photo by James Rizzo)

Jimmy Rizzo
Staff Writer

Jazz Festival was in Old Webster for its 10 year on Sept. 18, from noon-11 p.m. Jazz band played at the festival.
There were two stages this year, along with a mobile stage. On the Allen Avenue stage Robbie’s House of Jazz performed from noon to 2 p.m., Kurt Landes Ensemble from 2 to 4 p.m., Glenn Zimmerman band from 4 to 6 p.m., Jazz band from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and Marquise Knox from 7:30 to 10 p.m.
On the Gore Avenue Stage, The Steamrollers played from noon until 2 p.m., Teddy Presberg’s Resistance Organ Trio from 2 to 4 p.m., from 4 to 6 p.m. Gumbohead played, Webster University Faculty Jazz Band was on from 6 until 8 p.m., and from 8 until 11 p.m. The Johnnie Johnson Band featuring Doña Oxford played also.
Kevin Cole, band instructor, said, “I’m very excited about the Jazz Festival this year; our band is young but very talented.” Cole said, “Some of our highly talented musicians this year are, (senior) Joseph Winstein Hibbs, Sarah Smith, (senior)Brogan Drissel and (senior) Henry Beggs.”
Senior Beggs said, “Joseph Winnsteinhibbs is a great drummer because he practices so much, but he can’t be compared to Jharis Yokley mainly because they’re both so good.”Cole said, “Both Jharis and Joe are great drummers, far more talented than what I ever expected but are at a very similar skill level.”Cole added, “We’re very excited for the festival. Right now we’re just getting new people to work. Fourteen and 15 year olds don’t have the same mind set as a 17 or 18 year old because of all the experiences you got through at that age”
Senior Mike Neu said, “We’ve probably been practicing for the past three weeks now for this; the music isn’t any different from any other music we normally play though.”


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