The 48 members of the Boardman High School Jazz Ensembles 1 and 2 presented their annual holiday festival, Thursday, Dec. 15. The hour and a half performance contained 15 mostly jazz genre songs or Christmas songs with that swing feel.
There were vocal solos from Zach Stover, Rachael Ruggieri, and Luke Hagerman with instrument solos from numerous talented musicians. A special tenor sax solo was performed by guest artist Joseph Graziosi, a 2006 BHS Jazz I alumni. Graziosi took time out of his schedule to perform with Jazz I before he returns to his job as music director for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.
Director Tom Ruggieri can always be seen directing his bands with passion and enthusiasm.