Sunday, February 10, 2008

Frank Mantooth Festival RECAP

Congratulations to all of the members of the Jazz Band on their great performance at New Trier High School's Frank Mantooth Jazz Festival. We left at 7:00 a.m. got to NTHS and performed our three songs at 8:30 for Elmhurst College's Doug Beach. We then saw some great high school bands play. At noon we experienced an awesome contemporary jazz/cuban/rock/etc. group. The guys then participated in an improvisation clinic, sight reading workshop, and instrument master-classes. The director band, the Big Fat Band, with artist Steve Houghton wowed the students with a couple of numbers and the festival concluded with Pat Harbison, Scott Cowan, Steve Houghton and the Indiana University Jazz Ensemble. We then traveled home, had pizza, and played for the home basketball game. Other than that not much happened :-) Seriously, the guys did a great job and I am really proud of them. Next up - Home B-ball on 2/16, concert on 2/21, and Jazz in the Meadows on 2/23.

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