Winter Jazz Concert

I’m taking a break on December Daily to post about the Winter Jazz Concert. Westlake High School has 2 levels of Jazz classes — “Studio Jazz” which is seasoned jazz students that audition to get placed and “Lab Jazz” that anyone can join. Studio Jazz is a class that takes place during the school day and Lab Jazz takes place after school AFTER the Marching Band season ends.

Quinn had no intention of joining Lab Jazz and we fully supported this decision. On the first day of Lab Jazz, his low brass section leader told him he had to go to Lab Jazz after school. He texted me and I texted him back to say “See how you like it, but no one can force you to join”.

Quinn came out of the first Lab Jazz with the biggest smile on his face and a trombone in his hands. We weren’t so sure at first, but Lab Jazz meets after school for an hour 3 times per week, so it wasn’t too bad. Quinn continues to love Lab Jazz and we fully support him.

Last night Lab Jazz had their first performance as an opening act for Studio Jazz. Studio Jazz was invited to perform at the Mid West Clinic in Chicago, which is a really big deal.

Suit and tie and ready to go.

Lab Jazz has had 6 one-hour practices — so not very much. And probably 1/3 of the students had to learn a new instrument so we were shocked at how good they sound.

So proud of these kids.

Studio Jazz was joined by 3 professional guest performers and the highlight of Quinn’s night was seeing Patrick Sheridan perform. He’s one of the premier tuba players in the world and he likes to play his “BlueBa”. It was really incredible to hear him — he played the tuba in ways that we didn’t know were possible. Quinn’s mind was blown!

And look what Quinn got with his cracked screen phone. Because Pat Sheridan is “really chill”.

Previous Los Cerritos Middle School Band kids with Mr. Freed.

The gang.

It was an incredible night with beautiful music performed by such talented kids!

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