you happened to miss the Jazz Band Concert Tuesday
night, you missed an awesome performance from both the
First and Second Jazz Bands.
Under the direction of Les Pack, the Second Jazz Band opened the
night with "Speed Shift." This piece made them seem
nervous; there were a lot of what seemed like wrong
notes, but the solo, given by Zac Rostan, was good as
were the trombones and drums. The next song was "Count
Bases" which featured Freddy Gibson, Matthew Waide,
Rostan, Jonathan Urtle and Brian Peck. This song had
excellent solos; it was a more balanced sound, and it
seemed like the band worked into a rhythm like they were
more comfortable. "Heat Seeker" featured Waide who, in
this reporter's opinion, is quite possibly the next Tim
Woods; yes, he is that good. The fans seemed to like
this tune and really got into it. The next song was
"Watermelon Man" with solo by Urtle, Peck, Waide,
Gibson, Don Johnson and Mr. Ezekiel 3:18 himself, Gary
Meggs. The audience really enjoyed seeing the human side
of Meggs and hearing this funky groove song.
The First Band, under the direction of Meggs, stole the show on
this night. The first song, "Tro Jazz," featured Woods,
Thaddeus Webb and Cedric Adair, and let me say something
about Woods. One of most talented musicians I have ever
had the chance to see, this man will go far in the
performing music field, and he is the next big thing.
The next song was "Go Go" with solos from Woods,
Jonathan Bradley, Amanda Couch, Kasey Earl and Pack.
This song was foot-tapping smooth with some hard sax
licks pulled off flawlessly. The next song was "Don't
Get Caught," featuring the entire sax section and Woods.
This was a fast, hard driving, almost rock piece that
was hard to play, but impressively pulled off. The
fourth piece of the night was "Mento Mania," featuring
Josh Hollier and Webb. This piece makes you think
Hollier might just be the next Louis Armstrong with his
ability to hit a clean high note and his technical
prowess. This song was really funky with great solos.
The last song of the night was "Jazz Police," featuring
Brad Friar, Bradley, Earl and Pack. This song started
out sounding like the Munster's theme song, but it made
you want to dance, and the crowd had fun with it.
"It was very good, very entertaining, and made me want to join
band," DeAnna Moore said.
Meggs said the music selection was more sophisticated and more
"This performance was a good plus for us; I think that the Jazz
band is on its way up," he said.
Everyone should try to come out the next
time the Jazz Bands have a concert. We have so many
awesome musicians on campus; all you have to do is look.
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