The Boardman High School Spring Jazz Concert will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, June 1 in the Boardman High School cafeteria. The concert will feature the BHS Jazz Ensembles 1, 2, and 3 all under the direction of Thomas M. Ruggieri.
Jazz Ensemble 3 selections will include "Hit The Road Jack," "T.J.'s Boogie," and "Mystic Traveler." Senior members of the group are Gina Eliser and Jaimie VandenBosch. Jazz 3 is the ensemble that rehearses after school two days a week and was started a few years ago in response to the overwhelming demand by students for more opportunities to learn and play jazz.
Jazz Ensemble 2 will perform a mix of jazz, funk, and rock tunes including "25 or 6 to 4," "The Sidewinder," "Cissy Strut," and "Unit 7." Jessica Egner, Danny McMaster, and Tom Moran are the seniors who will be showcased with Jazz 2.
Jazz Ensemble 1 seniors are: Joe Amadio, Tony Colella, Sheri Cope, Dom DeLaurentis, Bevin Flaugher, James Hamilton, Chris Hillman, Danny McMaster, Todd Merry, Rachel Ruggieri, Zach Stover, and guest vocalist Kiyan Taghgaboni. Their selections will include: "Try A Little Tenderness," "The Jazz Police," "Land of Make Believe," "Come Fly With Me," "Let's Shout," and "So I Got To Groove."
The momentum of the BHS Jazz Program has been building over the past several years. Through auditions, applications, and the program's reputation for excellence, Ruggieri has been able to provide the students with opportunities that most high school jazz musicians do not get.
He says, "My students have performed in two different New York City jazz clubs, Trump Tower, The Blue Wisp jazz club in Cincinnati, the OMEA state music convention, a Cleveland Indians game, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Many of my current students have done ALL of those things within the past few years. That is rare."
The Jazz ensembles recently returned from New York where Jazz 1 performed a Friday night set at Swing 46 Jazz and Supper Club. They and Jazz Ensemble 2 did a midday performance at Trump Tower on 5th Avenue. Two years ago, Jazz 1 performed at B.B. King's Blues Club and at Trump.
Visit www.boardmanband.org to get information on the summer jazz concert series, which begins in June.
Because of a dance recital in the Performing Arts Center, the same night, patrons of the jazz show are asked to enter through the gymnasium entrance at the north side of the building. Admission at the door is $3 for adults and $2 for students. Senior citizens are admitted free of charge.