Jazz Band hits all the right notes at Jazz Night
The origins of the WHS jazz band date back to the 1960s, according to director and Music Dept. member, Daniel Adams.
Adams further explained that jazz band has not always been a class and, at first, was an after school club. He said that once the high school moved to its current building it became a class. Now the band currently has 19 members.
Adams said it is important to have a jazz band at WHS because it has great value.
“Jazz is an important part of our heritage, both historically and musically, and it’s great for our students to have an avenue to learn about and perform it,” Adams said.
The band is also a way for students, such as Matthew Brunn(11), to expand their interest in music.
“I’ve always enjoyed music, and jazz band would allow me to explore more of it. Also those bow ties look fabulous.
Jazz band is known in the community for their annual big band dance that features music from the big band era played by the jazz band.
Students, such as Rachael Schmidt(10) enjoy attending the dance.
“The Big Band Dance is the most fun and carefree dance. It’s great to go with a group of friends to enjoy the music and dance,” Schmidt said.
Adams stated the dance serves as the group’s largest fundraiser.
Jazz band will be performing at the WCS Fine Arts Festival tomorrow and the Big Band Dance is May 6.