CONWAY — The Kennett High School Marching Band, featuring the Symphonic Band, the Drumline, and the Dance Team, will perform its 2012 half time how, "Jump, Jive, and Blues," this Friday night, Oct. 26, during the Kennett vs. Kingswood game, under the lights, in Millen Stadium.
"When we went to UMass Band Day two years ago, the students witnessed an incredible rendition of 'When the Saints Go Marching In" by the University of Massachusetts Minuteman Band: The Power and Class of New England. We don't copy other groups, but we can get inspired," Kennett High School music director Dr. Therese Davison, said.
The jazz classics "Basin St. Blues" and "Jump, Jive and Wail" were selected to provide a similar experience but with a Kennett twist.
"These pieces are in different styles of the jazz idiom. That provides some educational balance to the program," she added.
The drumline feature, "Blazed Blues" was added to establish the show as one that adheres state-of-the-art expectations.
"One of our drum captains, Drew Laramie, created the drill for the percussion feature and our assistant choreographer for the dance team, Tianna Tetreault, planned the dance routine for 'Jump, Jive and Wail.' It's great to have such talented and dedicated students working to better themselves and the group," said dance team coach Holly Fougere.
Out of respect for the proud traditions at Kennett High School, the Kennett Fight Song will close the field show.
There are special features in the show that have not been programmed before. A Dixieland combo will be featured within the regular ensemble during "Basin St. Blues." The combo includes Riley Barbour, tenor sax, Alex Brown, alto sax, Lexi Peoples, trombone, Sean Racicot-Psaledakis, bari sax, and band president Like Tinkham on trumpet.
Later in the show, Matt Green will be featured on a trumpet solo during "Jump, Jive, and Wail," which will highlight senior Sean Racicot-Psaledakis on bari sax again. Green just received notification that he will be participating in the All New England Band Festival at Plymouth State University. Each fall, this select ensemble features outstanding high school band students from all over New England under the direction of a nationally recognized conductor. This year's conductor will be Patrick Burns, composer, music educator, and founder of Bandworks Publications.