Bluegrass and Jazz
Posted on March 14, 2019
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Boys were treated to two special music sessions last week in Saint David's new Otto-Bernstein Performing Arts Theatre. On March 6, Math Coordinator Nick Reeb and his band led a session on bluegrass, and performed a variety of bluegrass favorites. The musicianship was superb, and the Sixth and Second Grade boys were transfixed by the different instruments and vocal styles. Sixth graders learned about the origins of bluegrass music, while second graders heard a violin solo that was one of George Washington's favorites.
The next day, members of the Lionel Hampton Big Band returned to Saint David's to perform for our first graders. Christian Fabian, bass, Cleve Guyten, alto saxophone, Ray Gallon, piano, and Bernard Purdie, drums, played compositions by Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and Miles Davis. The boys sang along to "It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing" and "I Got Rhythm." They also learned about the various jazz instruments and improvisation. The Lionel Hampton Band first came to Saint David's in 2000, and they have performed for the school every year since. We also had the great pleasure of welcoming Mr. Lionel Hampton to one of our jazz concerts in 2002.