Friday, February 27, 2009


Wow, what a concert! I am very proud of the efforts of the Shamrock bands tonight. I hope that all in attendance had a great time. It is not every day that one gets to perform with one of the great musicians on the planet. Paul Wertico was incredible!!!! His solo was some of the fastest drumming I have ever seen. Amazingly, while playing he dropped his stick; it flipped in the air; he caught it and then kept right on playing as if nothing happened. Funny thing is, Paul said that he barely remembers that happening! All that is left to say is WOW!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Jazz Fest in Review

Well, we are on our way home. It was a fantastic festival! The students got to watch and hear some of the legends of jazz today. I hope that they appreciate and remember what they witnessed.

Sorry for not blogging sooner but I was having some technical difficulties. I hope to post some pictures from today's activities soon.

Frank Mantooth Jazz Festival

On Saturday, February 7, the Jazz Band will perform in the 26th Annual Frank Mantooth Jazz Festival at New Trier High School (Winnetka campus). The Jazz Band will perform at 1:05 on the main stage. The day is full of fantastic performances and clinics including high schools throughtout the midwest, The Ryan Cohan Sextet, The Directors Big Fat Band, The U.S. Army Blues (Jazz Ensemble), jazz education legend Jamey Aebersold, and the world famous Count Basie Orchestra. Before 5 p.m. all performances and clinics are FREE OF CHARGE! If you can't make the trip you can check out the day's events LIVE online at Leave well-wishes for the Shamrock Jazz Band here on the blog!