On Tuesday, students, family and staff enjoyed a candle-lit evening of Jazz in the SMUS gym, with talented swing musicians from the Middle and Senior schools. Jazz in the Round is held every year to celebrate the hard work of the jazz, vocal and swing ensembles.
The Middle School Jazz Band directed by Pam Gerrits opened the event with some punchy jazz pieces. Chris Fenje stood up front and centre for some superb trumpet solos.
The audience enjoyed the oldies performed by Mr. John Reid’s Swing band. They played the Duke Ellington classic “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” and “My Foolish Heart” featuring a smooth alto sax solo by Leo Marchand.
The boys of the Vocal Jazz Ensemble had obvious fun accenting their piece “Ev’rybody Wants to be a Cat” with vigourous meowing. Their last piece featured all the singers with their own brief but stylish solos in “Smack Dab in the Middle.”
With a stage in each corner of the room, the performances stayed fresh shifting from one band straight on to the other. An intermission of ice cream refreshed the audience, and Mr. Ian Farish’s Senior Jazz Band got the audience clapping to the beat when they played “Soul Man” in the second half of the performance.