SJC Jazz Band Performs Spring Concert

April 10, 2014

The Saint Joseph’s College Jazz Band will host its annual Spring Jazz Band Concert on Sunday, April 13 in the Evans Arts and Sciences Building Theatre at 4:00 pm CDT. Admission is free and all are welcome to attend.

The band has had several obstacles to overcome during this semester, such as the snow day in January and a smaller trumpet section, but Associate Professor of Music Dr. Paul Geraci has nothing but high hopes for the group.

“We actually had to cancel three rehearsals,” Geraci noted when asked about the snow days, “but the students have pulled it together and are sounding strong. This promises to be an amazing show.”

New elements have been added into the Jazz Band that were previously unseen, such as sophomore Music major Chris Ritchie playing clarinet and sophomore Music major Shadae Jean-Pierre playing electric violin.

"Overall, the sound is much fuller. However, it is extremely interesting to see a 'trumpet section' that contains a clarinet, electric violin, and only one trumpet. The difficulty comes with trying to blend the sound of the section with the rest of the band, but it has definitely helped improve the sound as a whole,” Ritchie explained.

In addition, Geraci plans to feature Kristen Wilde and Jake Noparstak from Lafayette, Ind. as guest artists. Wilde, who plays trombone, and Noparstak, who plays tenor saxophone, regularly perform with several big name bands in the Lafayette area, including the Purdue Jazz Band, the Gentlemen of Note, and the Knickerbocker house band.

Highlights of the concert will include: “St. Thomas” by Sonny Rollins, “Blue Train” by John Coltrane, “Chameleon” by Herbie Hancock, and “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” by Eric Maschwitz, featuring a solo by senior Political Science major Colby Alexis.

Named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation, a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review, and “Best Value” and "Best Midwestern College" by US News & World Report, Saint Joseph's College is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 35 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of nearly 1,200 students.

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