Point Grey’s Jazz Band A spent a few days last June with Point Grey alum James Danderfer for a studio session that was broadcast on KPLU’s School of Jazz program. There is an audio-only file of the broadcast, as well as a 20 minute documentary that was shot that features interviews with the students talking about their high school jazz experiences. The whole event was definitely a great way to cap off a great year of music and friends. Check it out on the KPLU website.
With all the messy reassigning of flights and having to hurry up and wait for what seemed like endless hours, with no sleep and haphazard eating arrangements, the students were flawless in their attitude and comportment. There were no complaints, no tantrums, no foot-dragging or bad attitudes – nothing. Just resignation when things didn’t go as planned, sardonic smiles and groans and, through it all, a feeling of “Oh well, at least we’re in this together.” It shouldn’t continually surprise me that our students are exemplary, in their music making and how they handle themselves, but I find that I am continually impressed and proud to be part of such a wonderful group of students.
More details of the trip will follow, but know that this has been a great trip on many levels, and enjoy some of the stories.