Jazz band performs at barbecue concert

Intermediate and Advanced Jazz Band hosted their annual jazz barbecue concert Friday, Oct. 25 at the band room patio.

Both jazz bands provided pulled pork sliders and played songs from swing, bossa and easy rock genres. In preparation for the performances, they would sight-read and select songs to practice during class in the weeks leading up to the concert.

“[I was] excited for the expressions of the audience and how [they’d] react to each one of our songs because we worked really hard for this. [Seeing] how entertained they are — it makes me extremely happy that all our hard work goes into this,” flutist sophomore Alyssa Diaz said.

In addition to student performances, the concert also featured performances by teachers. English teacher Joshua Bandy sang “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra with keyboard accompaniment by history teacher Justin Panlilio. English teacher Jennifer Maletz sang “All the Things You Are” by Oscar Hammerstein II and dueted “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder with Panlilio. Panlilio also sang “Chameleon” by Herbie Hancock.

“I love to do it. I think it’s a lot of fun to not only sing but to see my students outside the classroom and connect [with them] through the arts, which is something that’s always near and dear to my heart,” Maletz said. “I think it’s a fun way of connecting as human beings and as performers because we don’t necessarily get to see each other in the classroom that way.”

By Natalie Cheng, Staff writer
Photo by Elise Pabon