Jazz band played at the Old Webster Jazz and Blues Festival Sept.16, from 1 to 2 p.m.
The performance was held on the North Gore Avenue stage. The jazz band prepared for the performance starting on the first day of school. They had about four weeks to prepare.
The jazz band listened to recordings and read sheet music to prepare. The musicians practiced and prepared their parts, and then they worked to put all those parts together. They also collaborated with each other and shared their improvisation and solo ideas for their music.
At the festival the jazz band performed seven pieces. These pieces were “Love for Sale,” “Blues Walk,” “There Will Never Be Another You,” “Autumn Leaves,” “Meetin’ Time,” “Goomba Boomba,” and “Old Devil Moon.”
“Those pieces were either exactly as recorded by artists like Count Basie, Clifford Brown, Buddy Rich, and J.J. Johnson or inspired by those artists,” band teacher Kevin Cole said via email.
World-renowned Grammy-winning trombonist Michael Dease joined the jazz band up on stage.
“Being joined by jazz artist Michael Dease made this performance stand out for most of us, and I really feel we did better as a group playing alongside him,” senior Jacob Vedova said via email.
The jazz band is also integrating new members to the band this year who helped contribute to the performance.
“I’m definitely happy with the performance and proud of the kids. It reflected diligent preparation by the kids, and it was obviously a really positive little ‘snapshot’ in the life of the kids and the band. Now we obviously work to get better!” Cole said via email.
This will be Ali Schulz’s second year on ECHO Staff. She also made several contributions while taking journalism class her freshman year. She was opinion/news editor her first year on staff