Jazz Concert

Shelby Spreier

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Hillbilly Olympics
March 10, 2020

On Oct.1 NHS Jazz Ensemble I and II performed at 7:30 p.m. There were a total of 10 songs played throughout the night including “Newton High Shuffle” composed by former NHS student Douglas Ragon. Not all students that are in band are in jazz, to be a part of jazz it requires an audition. “At NHS, one of the main differences between band and jazz is the level of playing. It’s always been generally understood that the people in jazz are some of the best musicians and players in the band, and when you put them together, you get a lot of power out of a small amount of people,” sophomore Jonah Schloneger said. Ensemble I is directed by Greg Bergman and Ensemble II directed by Tyler Ives. There were many solos throughout the night which provided students the opportunity to show off their skills. “It always feels really good to play jazz. When everyone in the band is performing at a high level and we’re all locked in its one of the best feelings,” Schloneger said.