Superior rating

I have been remiss in writing about a significant event that took place last weekend.  Isaac plays in his school’s jazz band and they had a regional band competition and rating.  I had a certain expectation of how the middle school band would sound.  I mean, I have heard Isaac play a lot at the house, but getting an entire band to play together is another thing…and middle school kids…well, they aren’t always known for their attentiveness to detail.

Jazz band kid

We headed to Huntington to one of the high-schools  where school bands had been playing all day.  Band kids are super cool and mostly a lot of fun to hang around, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend my day sitting in an auditorium listening to a bunch of hormone fueled kids screeching out jazz tunes.

I couldn’t believe how wrong I was about pretty much all of my assumptions.  I still think band kids are really cool, but I had no idea how awesome they could play a huge variety of jazz tunes.  Most of these kids had only been playing 1-2 years but to hear them, you would think that they had been playing since way before puberty.  Anyhow, their music speaks for itself so without further adieu:

Song 1

Song 2

Song 3

Song 4

Extra points to anyone who can identify the names of the songs!  I am so proud of all of these kids.  They did one heck of a good job and all of their hard work definitely paid off.  They were given a superior rating, the highest rating possible!

8 thoughts on “Superior rating

  1. I don’t know any of the names but they were all easy on the ears to listen too! When is Isaac pressing his first CD?

  2. Wow!!! Wish I had been there to see and hear in person. Makes me want to dance with Grandpa. So proud Isaac. Great job!

  3. Holy cats, I can’t believe they’re Middle Schoolers! Their director must put in lots of time and love. The arts are SO important, no matter what the football coach says.

  4. Jumpin’ at the Woodside? The last one is ‘Satin Doll’, I think. I should know the 3rd one, but can’t come up with it. What does Isaac play? I think you’re right, they are very good for a middle school group.

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