Dim Lighting, Solos, and Improvisation

Concluding the semester, the Francis Howell Central Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble performed in the auditorium following the Saeger Jazz Band on Thursday, Dec. 12th. Providing an example and support for the future highschool jazz musicians, the Francis Howell Central bands skillfully presented solo infused music to the audience. All musicians performed solos within one or more of the pieces with two completely solo pieces (one from each group) the first performed by junior Connor Sullivan with the Jazz Band and the second performed by senior Trent Pendleton with the Jazz Ensemble. 


“It’s a different way to experience band; it’s a completely different ensemble,” says senior Kyle Bryan of the Francis Howell Central Jazz Band. “Jazz tears the music down to the basic fundamentals of band.”


Both the Francis Howell Central Jazz Band and Ensemble will present more music at their spring concert in the Francis Howell Central auditorium on a fourth quarter date yet to be determined, and pieces will be performed in the hallways of Francis Howell Central before first hour on days scattered around the second semester.