What a great way to wrap up the 2014-15 school year. One of SCAPA’s newest additions is the Jazz Band. While still in its early stages, we are making excellent progress, specifically in the area of improvisation. The band/class is not quite like any other current offerings in the Fayette County school system, as the focus is on teaching improvisational skills through the study of jazz and blues standards, and by learning the music of Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Red Garland and John Coltrane to name just a few.
We were given the opportunity in June to perform for two worthy events. On June 11th, we were asked to play for the Kentucky Superintendents Conference held at the Marriott here in Lexington, and we received a very positive response from many of those in attendance. A little over a week later, on June 22nd we were asked to play for the final meeting of the Fayette County School Board for the school year. It too was well received, thus giving the students a wonderful opportunity to exhibit their improvisational skills. So all in all, a very positive experience, and I am looking forward to the coming 2015-16 school year as I think this band is really offering kids a unique and yet challenging opportunity to expand their musical skills.
Obviously, I am looking forward to this year’s SCAPA Piano Majors! This year’s class is amazingly talented and it is going to be fun watching and hearing them develop. Our recital this year on May 9th was a phenomenal success with some incredible performances. It can currently be viewed on Cable Channel 13, (the Fayette County Channel). I was immensely proud of each and every pianist. Really hard to believe these kids are only in elementary and middle school…such poise, maturity and profound musical expression. They really play beyond their years.
Stay tuned! I hope to do a better job this year keeping these posts current and up to date. Until next time….