K-12 Jazz Performances
by The Milton Measure on Friday, December 9th, 2011
This past Sunday, December 4th, student musicians had the opportunity to showcase their hard work and talent for parents and the Milton community at the Robert Ginocchio Student Recital. Milton students K-12 showcased their talent to family and friends. This annual recital is one of the few times where students of all ages are able to actively participate it one event.The first part of the recital, which consisted of performances by lower school students as young as six or seven years old, was an upbeat start to the program. The pieces ranged from classical works to modern day movie themes to Christmas tunes. While they did not perform complicated Chopin or Mozart sonatas, many children played exceptionally well, with very few mistakes.
The second half of the recital was dedicated to Milton’s jazz groups. This part of the performance was split into three sections. The first group, composed of Neil Chandra (III) and Sean Leo (I) on alto saxophone, Martin Bernard (II) and Javon Ryan (II) on the piano, Charlie Perkins (II) playing the guitar, Amanda Beaudoin (II) on bass, and Zach Hoffman (III) and Eric Menna (III) on the drums. The small group played 2 songs: Crib Chimp by Dan Haerie and The Creep by Jamey Aebersold. They hit the stage with energy and skill, dazzling the audience with their strong musical choices and variety of techniques. All three groups of jazz players are currently in an Advanced Jazz Course and were invited to Louisville to perform and compete Nationally against other high school Jazz ensembles.
Although one would not expect musical pieces to be funny, the jazz combos were thoroughly entertaining: The introduction of the first piece actually drew laughter from audience members. I especially applaud all the students that successfully played their solos yesterday night.
The second group of students included Jesse Francese (I) and Martin Page (I) playing the trumpet, Matthew Chen (I) on the soprano saxophone, Cydney Grannan (I) on the piano, Arty Berman (I) playing the guitar, Zach Whalen (I) on the bass and Tommy Goode (II) on the drums. They also performed two songs: Irish Potatoes by Jerry Coker and Twistin’ by Jamey Aebersold. The atmosphere remained upbeat as the jazz group was playing, each instrument earning applause after a unique solo.
The third group consisted of Adam Beckman (I) on the tenor sax, James McHugh (I) playing the baritone saxophone, Vince Kennedy (I) and Adam Rochelle (II) on the piano, Menaka Sachdev (II) on the guitar, Jameson Williams (I) playing the bass, and Nick Deveau (I) on the drums. They played Dahmley by Jerry Coker and I’ve Got It by Dan Haele. While all of the group members were exceptionally strong, the guitar part was particularly stunning.
Overall the performance was amazing; I felt as though I were watching a professional jazz band. As I listened, I couldn’t help but tap my feet along with the beat; other audience members were smiling and nodding their heads in agreement throughout the show. Good luck to all of the students traveling to Louisville in the next month.
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