DVUSD Honor Jazz Band Concert

19 Jan 2016 by Meredith Nicholls, No Comments »

Thursday, January 14, 2016: Musicians from all over the Deer Valley District gather to show their parents what they can do. With three songs for each of the jazz bands, the aspiring musicians played with all they had. From the five o’clock band, “Back to the Basement,” “Some Juice for Bruce,” and “Time to Testify.” “Back to the Basement” is a quickly-moving jazz shuffle piece, “Some Juice for Bruce” is a jazz funk (with the baritone saxophone taking part of the melody), and “Time to Testify” contributed a gospel feel to the five o’clock band’s closing piece. In all those pieces were great improvised solos from many students. Great job to all band members, and thanks to those from the seven o’clock band who are/have been stepping in to help this band (Evan, Ryan, Meredith, Jessica, and Aisiri).

Pictured above from left to right: bass (strings), trombone, alto saxophone, piano, baritone saxophone, trumpet, bass (guitar) drum set.

Image courtesy of Google Images.

From the seven o’clock jazz band, we heard “La Noche del Burrito Picante,” “Cerulean Blue,” and “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy.” Nicknamed “the nacho song,” “La Noche del Burrito Picante” is a salsa tune that brings you straight to Latin America. Soloists were Evan (lead alto), Brian (second trumpet) and Kaleb (piano), followed by Hunter (drum set) and Adam (other percussion). “Cerulean Blue” brings you to a nice calm beach with the soothing melody and wave-like phrasing. The soloist was Meredith (lead trombone), and all the melody came from her. Finishing with “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,” this swing tune closed the night with an exciting finale. Great job with your solos to Evan (lead alto), Brian (second trumpet), and Hunter (drum set).

Three Hillcrest students preformed that night: congratulations to Lauren (lead trumpet), Meredith (lead trombone) and Chris (trumpet).


If you are interested in listening to the soundtracks for some of the songs see below. A recording for “Cerulean Blue” and “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” were not available. These are not recorded from the concert.

Back to the Basement: http://www.kendormusic.com/mp3/4/42418.mp3

Some Juice for Bruce: http://www.barnhouse.com/~barnhous/samples/mp3/032-2270-00.mp3

Time to Testify: http://www.jwpepper.com/sheet-music/media-player.jsp?&type=audio&productID=10279160

La Noche del Burrito Picante: https://www.lorenz.com/instrumental/large-ensembles/la-noche-del-burrito-picante

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