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Many community members enjoyed an afternoon of jazz performed by the Fridley High School (FHS) Jazz Ensemble at Crooners Supper Club in Fridley on March 3, 2018. The band performed a 90 minute set with classic songs like Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder, What a Wonderful World by George Douglas & George David Weiss, Hocus Pocus by Larry Barton, among others.
Nearly 25 students participate in jazz band classes at FHS. FHS Band Director Becca Shuman said that this was the first time that many of her students performed in a jazz club.
“Performing in a real jazz club is totally different than performing at a high school band concert, and our students performed incredibly well,” said Shuman. Each jazz band had to learn seven different pieces to fill the set, while a typical band concerts feature 2-3 songs by each band.
“They practiced a lot on their own and came in for extra rehearsals before school and during lunch,” said Shuman. “The hard work paid off and it was a great experience for our students!”
On March 4, the FHS Jazz Ensemble also performed at the Jazz Coffee Concert held at Fridley Middle School (FMS). The concert offered coffee and cookies while the FMS Jazz Band and the two FHS Jazz Bands performed songs for family, staff and community members.
Upcoming events: The FHS Bands Spring Concert will take place on Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in the FHS Auditorium. In addition, the community is welcome to attend and enjoy the annual Fridley Fine Arts Festival on May 4 from 6-8 p.m. at FHS. Check the calendar in May for more opportunities to enjoy music from our talented students during the 6th, 7th and 8th grade band concerts, as well as the FHS Bands Pops Concert.