Sunday, November 8, 2009

JAMFEST 2009 November 14, 3-7pm at The Belmont

Current Jazz Band student and jazz band alums will be playing at the 3rd Annual JAMFEST, "The Kids are Alright Fest", sponsored by Randy Kunik Orthodontics to benefit the Eanes Education Foundation. JAMFEST will take place at The Belmont, November 14, 3-7pm. Don't Miss It!

Monday, October 26, 2009

John Clayton Conducts Workshop with WHS Jazz Ensemble

On Wednesday, October 21, John Clayton (bassist) conducted a jazz workshop with the Westlake Jazz Ensemble during their class period. The workshop provided a wonderful opportunity for the students to hear from two professional jazz musicians.

John Clayton served as the Artistic Director of Jazz for the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1999 through 2001. In addition, he is Artistic Director for the Centrum Jazz Workshop in Port Townsend, Washington and was also appointed Artistic Director for the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival in 2006. You can find out more about John Clayton on his website.

One of John's messages to the Jazz Ensemble was the importance of listening to music. He stressed listening to recordings as a primary source for learning music...prior to delving into the sheet music or the Real Book! Hear him play with Graham Dechter, a young guitarist in the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.

Many thanks to Mr. John Parsons, director of the Westlake Jazz Program, for arranging time for Mr. Clayton's workshop at Westlake. A slideshow of John Clayton's visit with the students can be found below:

Saturday, October 24, 2009

WHS Jazz Band Students Take Honors in Region Jazz Competition

Jazz band students from Westlake auditioned for the Texas Music Educators (TMEA) All-Region Jazz Ensembles on October 3. Eleven Westlake High School students earned a spot in one of the two Region jazz ensembles:

Josh Moody-Ford, Alto Saxophone (Jazz 1)

Marshall Lowry, Tenor Saxophone (Jazz 2)

Bob Price, Bari Saxophone (Jazz 2)

Brandon Bergeron, Trumpet (Jazz 1)

Spencer King, Trumpet (Jazz 2)

David Wright, Trumpet (Jazz 2)

Weston Floyd, Tenor Trombone (Jazz 2)

Jeffrey Hatcher, Bass Trombone (Jazz 2)

Jeff Olson, Drums (Jazz 1)

John Turman, Jazz Guitar (Jazz 2)

Steven Campbell, Piano (Jazz 1)

This competition began the All-State audition process for students across the state in 28 regions. Top musicians from each region will progress to higher-level auditions, with the highest honor being selection as a Texas All-State musician. Students achieving a seat in Jazz 1 will advance to Area jazz auditions. Congratulations to these students for their achievement!

(submitted by Amy Price)

Friday, October 2, 2009

WHS Jazz Combo Plays for Music Education Fundraiser at Anne Fontaine Store

WHS Jazz Ensemble members played for a shopping benefit at the Anne Fontaine store in The Domain. For her Fall Winter 2009 Collection, Anne Fontaine paid homage to the spirit of jazz. On October 1st, 10% of nationwide sales were donated to VH1 Save the Music Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of education in America's public schools by restoring music education across the country.

Members of the CHAPS Jazz Program (pictured above) who participated in the fundraiser: Jeff Olson (drums), Eric Peana (bass), Steven Campbell (piano), Marshall Lowry (sax) and Josh Moody-Ford (sax).

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