Newport is definitely going to swing on Saturday, May 30th, beginning at 7:30pm with the sounds of the Lake Region High School Jazz Band. They will be returning for the second year as part of Now Playing Newport Music Series at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Second Street, Newport.
They band is under the direction of Dr. Sara Doncaster, who after becoming the Music Department head at Lake Region, took her great musicians out of the gymnasium and onto the concert stage. The Lake Region Select Choir also presents a Holiday Concert each December for the Series.
Some of the selections for Saturday's program are: "Out of Nowhere" - Johnny Green, "St. Thomas" - Sonny Rollins, "God Bless The Child" - Billie Holiday, "What'd I Say" - Ray Charles, "Do It Again" - Steeley Dan, "Ran Kan Kan" - Tito Puente, and "Cissy Strut" - The Meters.
Musicians taking part are: Hannah Doncaster, alto sax; Andrew Parkinson, alto sax; Tiffany Wheeler, alto sax; Olivia Owens, tenor sax; Rian Hayman-Jones, tenor sax; Althea Holland, bari sax; Karamae Hayman-Jones, trumpet; Gratia Rowell, trumpet; Jacob Dennison, vibraphone/piano. With guests Mark Violette, piano; and Jared Wiggett, guitar.
This program is presented free to the community as part of the of the Series ongoing mission to support the youth musicians in our area. Donations toward the school's music program are accepted. For more information, visit www.nowplayingnewport.com.
This Saturday, the Lake Region High School Jazz Band will have the City of Newport swinging!