Written By Sawyer Burton
If you didn’t know, Lone Peak’s Jazz Night was on Thursday, November 1st. Lone Peak is famous for its prestigious, award-winning music program, and Jazz Night is a perfect example of why. Both the intermediate and advanced bands displayed impressive musical prowess, proving they deserve the accolades their band receives. Jazz Night was a night of fun music and the perfect opportunity to see Jazz Big Band in their element.
The intermediate band performed first, kicking off the concert with one of the most famous jazz recordings of the 1950s, Tenor Madness by Sonny Rollins. Next, Let There Be Love by Shaun Evans with Claire Westcott joining for vocals. Claire stayed on stage to perform Gotta Be This or That, which is a cover of Benny Goodman’s song famously sung by Ella Fitzgerald in the early 20th century. For their last number, the intermediate band played Seven Mountain Mambo, arranged by Rick Hirsch based off Hirsch’s own big band composition Mambo Over the Mountain.
After the Intermediate Band finished, the Advanced Band took the stage and performed Blues in the Two Percent by Dennis Mackrel, followed by the classic Try a Little Tenderness famously recorded by Otis Redding in 1966, with Mitch Bandley lending vocals for this rendition. Accentuate the Positive by J. Mercer, H. Arlen, and Myles Collins was next, sung by Claire Johnson. After Accentuate the Positive, Thomas Kenny took the stage to sing Bring Me Sunshine, composed by Arthur Kent and Sylvia Dee. Bring Me Sunshine was also written in 1966, and was performed by famous american artists such as Willie Nelson and Brenda Lee in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Next, I Only Want To Be With You, then Killing Me Softly, both sung by Lauren Taylor. Advanced Band ended the concert with Jeff Jarvis’s Category 4, a loud and lively musical number that provided the climax and resolution that Jazz Night deserved.
Anyone who didn’t attend missed out on a night of memorable performances and notable solos by talented students. Even though our Jazz Big Bands are widely recognized, the audience turn-out for Jazz Night was, frankly, lackluster. Certainly less than the performances deserved. Audience support is an essential part of any performance, and showing up is the best way to show support. Not only does having more people in the audience boost morale for the performers, it also helps to provide the funds the bands need to keep the program going. It goes without saying that funding is a necessity, as there would be no way for the Jazz Bands to continue killing it like they have been without it.
However if you couldn’t make it, don’t worry, you can still help out. The music program has performances coming up that you won’t want to miss. Visit the Lone Peak website for more information on the jazz bands, and other school-funded performance groups, as well as the schedule for upcoming school concerts. Help us show our talented student musicians some appreciation and come to their performances whenever possible. Besides, one or two of them just might count for attendance school.