Pea­cock Jazz Band Fundrais­ing and Per­form­ing

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Moose Jaw is used to host­ing school bands dur­ing the month of May for the an­nual Moose

Jaw Band and

Cho­ral Fes­ti­val, but this year Pea­cock Jazz Band has taken on per­form­ing at the Vic

Lewis Fes­ti­val in

Can­more, AB in early Novem­ber.

“It is re­ally dif­fi­cult to get the band ready to play this early in the year” says Cameron Church direc­tor of the band. “Of­ten in jazz band stu­dents are not only ex­plor­ing mu­sic in a new style, but of­ten are play­ing a sec­ond in­stru­ment, deal­ing with the in­tri­ca­cies that come with that. Stu­dents are chal­lenged to not just read the mu­sic, but also cre­ate their own as they im­pro­vise in solo sec­tions. A big band re­quires fewer peo­ple on a part which helps each stu­dent to gain greater in­de­pen­dence and con­fi­dence in their own play­ing abil­i­ties, but that also in­creases the pres­sure to have your own part learned.”

The band is com­prised of 15 stu­dents in grade 9-12 in the mu­sic pro­gram. Through the last few years the band has had a chance to per­form with Kelly Jef­fer­son, RCAF Jet Stream and will per­form this year with the Saska­toon Jazz Orches­tra at the Mae Wilson The­atre.

“A fes­ti­val op­por­tu­nity like Vic Lewis is unique for our stu­dents be­cause they will have not just a per­for­mance op­por­tu­nity and full band clinic, but they will have in­stru­ment spe­cific clin­i­cians work­ing along­side of them on top of that. We also get to hear a cou­ple of con­certs fea­tur­ing the clin­i­cians at the fes­ti­val. You never know what ex­pe­ri­ence or mu­si­cal sound will in­spire a stu­dent.”

Stu­dents have been fundrais­ing through bot­tle drives, pizza sales and other fundrais­ers. If you would like to hear the band per­form, they will be fea­tured on a De­cem­ber 14th concert at the Mae Wilson The­atre along with the Saska­toon Jazz Orches­tra. Tick­ets for that event can be pur­chased through the Mae Wilson box of­fice.

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