LCC Jazz Band offers groovy fall performance in Dart Auditorium
The sweet sound of saxophones rang out in the halls inside LCC’s Dart Auditorium during the 2015 fall semester Jazz Band performance Dec. 4.
The band was composed of college students, community members and high school students from all over the city. Instruments included trumpets, trombones, saxophones, piano, guitar, bass drums and vocals.
Director Jon Gewirtz said the band has been practicing since the beginning of the fall semester. He said it was fun to watch the practice turn into a successful performance.
“It was a really good mix of people with experience and people trying to gain experience,” Gewirtz said. “Most of the members have had some experience playing in a jazz band already, but there were a few new to playing jazz.”
Pieces by Thad Jones and Sammy Nestico were featured during the performance, along with other jazz pieces that had audience members grooving in their seats.
“Every performance by the band is exciting,” Gewirtz said. “The students work so hard on the music and this is the payoff. To be able to perform music in front of people and communicate your art and emotions to them is a very rewarding experience.”
Gewirtz said he is proud of the jazz band students.
“By experiencing the act of performing music in front of a live audience the students will gain confidence in themselves as a musician and individual,” Gewirtz said. “This concert is the product of 15 weeks of hard work, not only during class, but from hours of individual practice.”
LCC student Lilly Pert said she enjoyed hearing the jazz band perform.
“I am a big fan of jazz music,” Pert said. “I love the style, the solos and the feel. The LCC jazz band did a great job at the concert.”