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Get A jazzy start to holidays

December 12, 2011
Special to the Town Crier
The Boardman High School Jazz Ensembles 1 and 2 will present their annual Holiday Jazz Concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15 in the Boardman Performing Arts Center. Traditionally, this concert features a few holiday selections and some standard and mainstream jazz pieces. Jazz 1 selections include “Sleigh Ride,” “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” The top group will also perform “Mack the Knife,” “Jump Jive An’ Wail,” “In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning,” and “Straighten Up and Fly Right” all with the vocal talents of Luke Hagerman, Rachel Ruggieri, and Zach Stover.   

Jazz Ensemble 2 selections will include “Christmas Fantasy for Jazz Band,” “Sack O’ Woe,” “Cold Duck Time,” and “St. Louis Blues.” Both bands will showcase many talented young soloists and some high-energy ensemble playing. The ensembles are under the direction of Thomas M. Ruggieri.

This concert is the groups' annual gift to the community so donations will not be accepted at the doors which open at 6:15 p.m.

Jazz Ensemble 1 is slated for a number of performances during the month including the Southern Park Mall at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8, at the Retired Teachers’ Luncheon on Dec. 14, and in Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney on Dec. 29 as part of the Boardman Spartan Marching Band’s trip to Florida Dec. 27 through Jan. 1. 

Jazz 2 is gearing up for its “rock and roll” season of playing at some home basketball games in January and February. Both groups already performed this year at a pasta dinner fundraising event for the Boardman Band and Orchestra Parents in early November.

Visit for more information about the Boardman Jazz Program and all of the Boardman bands. 



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