The 33rd Annual Jazz Bash took place at Jones Auditorium and featured a variety of songs that captivated the audience, Nov.. 22 .
The event started at roughly 7 p.m. and featured many Jazz ensembles.
The concert was free to anyone who wished to attend.
Many students who participated in the event that delighted the public with jazz music of different genres.
“It was great seeing all the people who showed up to hear our jazz bands perform. All the hard work throughout the first semester was definitely worth it when the audience stood up to applaud,” said freshman student Rene Luna, who performed with Jazz Band 3.
Some of the Jazz groups that were present on the Jazz Bash included the Latin Jazz Bash directed by Glynn Garcia, Jazz Band I directed by Dr. Paul Hageman, Jazz Band II under the direction of Dr. James Warth, and Jazz Band III, Directed by Dr. Kyle Millsap. They performed some classics like Fun Time, I Got Rhythm, Samba De Orphee and many more, changing drastically from different styles of music such as fusion, Latin and ballads.
Latin Jazz was the first band to present, playing four songs. The last song they played featured a vocal trio that sang an arrangement of Celia Cruz’s “La Vida es un Carnaval”. Jazz Band 3 performed afterwards, then came Jazz Band 2. Jazz Band 1 was the last band to perform. Three of the five saxophone players wowed the audience by changing their instruments to two flutes and one clarinet. Their show also featured a tenor saxophone with a solo at the end.
”Seeing the top Jazz group perform was a great experience. The part I enjoyed the most was when Delle, the drummer, played Channel One Suite. The intensity and talent that she showed during the performance was something to marvel at,”added Luna.
The event finished with a standing ovation from its public, showing their admiration for the jazz bands that participated. Freshman student, Abe Villareal said, “The Jazz Concert had a lot of great solos, some even gave me goose bumps. My favorite was the drum solo; she was playing extremely fast, I thought her hands were gonna fall off.”