Rockin’ round the clock
April 16, 2009
The North Tahoe Jazz Band recently returned from their 29th annual Goodwill Tour. They played 10 concerts in four days ” ranging from rockin’ loud concerts at elementary schools to performing ageless classics at assisted living facilities.
The band stepped up their improvisation skills at Bocci’s Cellar in Santa Cruz where they performed with professional musicians in front of the Santa Cruz Jazz Society. The tour is designed to showcase the band’s hard work with a gesture of giving. Performing for the elementary schools stimulates interest in music and performance, and playing the classic tunes of the 40’s for the elderly is a two-way gift. The band gives the gift of music, youthful vitality and exuberance ” band members glean respect and interest for their elders.
The band works hard all year. They begin school at 6:45 a.m. five days a week, working to develop a vast repertoire of music. Throughout the year they perform at community events such as the Veterans Day celebration, the Snowfest Santa event at Granlibakken, 40’s Night and more. They also perform at various Jazz Festivals. Many members are involved in Honor Bands across California.
Catch this dynamic group of teens April 23 at the Embassy Suites in South Lake Tahoe, where they will perform as the feature entertainment at the Placer County Board of Education conference. Key players from the State Board of Education will be in attendance as well as a rumor of the National Secretary of Education. Other upcoming events include their upcoming fundraiser, themed “Neon Circus.” It will be held at the NTHS auditorium on May 27 and 28. Many thanks to our generous and supportive community for fostering these talented, motivated and fortunate musicians.