Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Wesleyan Jazz Band comes to Macdonough!

Professor Jay Hoggard of Wesleyan University brought a 20 piece jazz band to Macdonough School for a Thursday afternoon concert.

The band delighted students and staff with the sounds of Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. Among the crowd favorites were "Don't Be Sassy" and "Pick Me Up."

Yet it wasn't all entertainment. Students learned about various instruments including the drums, guitar, bass, saxophone, trumpet, and trombone. They saw first hand how many individuals working together can make wonderful music.
The Macdonough School staff donated a book to the school library in honor of Professor Hoggard.  The book, Dizzy by Jonah Winter, chronicles Dizzy Gillespie’s life and his music.

Special thanks to the Wesleyan Office of Community Partnerships for coordinating the performance for Macdonough School.

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