Guest post by Cheryl Nkeba and Upper School Jazz Band students
“It was amazing to learn from Wynton Marsalis and James Chirillo. I feel that I, along with the jazz band, improved immensely with their suggestions. Then, watching the New York philharmonic and professional jazz at Lincoln center exposed us to the full potential of our music education.” – John ’19, 3rd Trumpet
The US Jazz Band packed three days of music experiences into a day trip to New York City recently. They participated in a workshop at Lincoln Center, toured historic musical sights, and attended a performance of the NY Philharmonic as well as a sound check with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. The workshop provided students the opportunity to work directly with the Jazz at Lincoln Center orchestra members. The band played Bemsha Swing by Thelonious Monk and Symphony in Riffs by Benny Carter.
Members of the String Ensemble and Music History classes also made the trip. Gilman music alumni joined the students for lunch and dinner.
On the trip home students reflected on their day:
“The bus ride singalongs were one of a kind and I was blessed with especially thin New York pizza, humbling music, and, most importantly, lots and lots of learning.” – Jono ’19, 1st Tenor Saxophone
“Spectacular. The band as a whole became better musically, and closer as a group. We learned not only to focus on the technicalities, but also to embody the soulful aspect of Jazz.” – Ronald ’18, 1st Trumpet