A full house packed the Boardman High School cafeteria on Friday, June 1 as jazz students performed their annual spring concert. Under the direction of Thomas M. Ruggieri, this show is performed in the cafeteria to offer music lovers a relaxed atmosphere and up-close look at the young musicians.
BHS Jazz Ensemble 1 started the show with a tune called "The Jazz Police" by Gordon Goodwin and featured Kamron Meyers on alto sax and Justin Randall on trumpet.
They followed with "Let's Shout" by Jackie Wilson, arranged by Shaun Evans. This tune featured Liam Jones on vocals and guitar, Chris Hillman on trombone, Travis Filicky on tenor sax, Justin Randall on trumpet, James Hamilton on baritone sax, Tony Colella on trombone and Cory Winebold on tenor sax. "Land of Make Believe" by Chuck Mangione, arranged by Fred Lewis, was next and featured Rachael Ruggieri on vocals, Sheri Cope on flute and piccolo, Zack Stover and Luke Hagerman on flugelhorn, and Kamron Meyers on soprano sax. Jazz Ensemble 1 ended the set with "Minuano" by Metheny/Mays, arranged by Bob Curnow. This song featured Hamilton on bari sax, Colella on trombone, Hagarman on flugelhorn, Jones on guitar, Meyers on soprano sax, Winebold on tenor sax, and Alyssa Vivacqua on bass.
Jazz Ensemble 1 senior Chris Hillman plays a solo on 'Lets Shout.'
The next set was performed by BHS Jazz Ensemble 3. Jazz Ensamble 3 is for students who wish to play jazz but don't have room in their schedule, so they meet two days a week after school to rehearse.
Jazz 3 started off with "Hit The Road Jack" by Percy Mayfield, arranged by Mike Lewis. They followed with "Mystic Traveler" by Michael Sweeney and featured Jon-Paul Lizotte on trumpet, Gina Eliser on vibes, Meyers on alto sax, Allison Lara on trombone, Jenna DeLaurentis on guitar, T'Amore Bowman on baritone sax, Samantha Ricciuti and Rebecca Jeren on piano, Mike Perorazio on bass, and Evan Schantz on drums. Jazz 3 ended the set with "T.J.'s Boogie" by Jeff Taylor. Featured on this song was Jamie VandenBosch on flute, Tyler Grzyb on trumpet and Nadya Stratton on flute.
Jazz Ensemble 2 started their set with "Unit 7" by Sam Jones, arranged by Greg Yasinitsky and featured Julie Pavlich on alto sax and Kyle Bishop on drums. In Chicago's hit, "25 or 6 to 4" by Robert Lamm, arranged by Peter Blair, featured musicians were Kyle Bishop on drums, Tom Moran on alto sax, Justin Randall on trumpet, Meyers on alto sax, Grzyb on trumpet, Jessica Egner on alto sax, and Kyle Thomas on guitar.
"Baby Drives My Car" by Paul Clark was next. Features soloist included Allison Lara on trombone, Kyle Thomas on guitar, Ryan Woolweaver on trombone, Racheal Durner on flute, and Tom Moran on tenor sax.
Next was "Cissy Strut" arranged by Roger Holmes. This song featured Egnar on alto sax, Justin Meyers on trumpet, Maria Sebastian on flute, Ivan Ramoson trombone, Katya Sracic on piano, Danny McMaster on trombone, Rocky Falleti on bass and Thomas on guitar. They closed their set with "Sidewinder" by Lee Morgan, arranged by Mark Taylor. This song featured Pavlich on alto sax, Randall on trumpet, and Bishop on drums.
Jazz Ensemble 1 opened the last set with "So I Got To Grove" by Kupka/Castillo/Mathews, arranged by Thomas Ruggieri. Featured on this song was Joey Amadio on drums, Hagarman, Colella, Bevin Flaugher, and Jones on vocals, and Meyers on alto sax. "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" arranged by Mike Tomaro was next. This song featured Stover on vocals and Colella on trombone. "Come Fly With Me" by Van Heusen/Cahn was next and featured Stover on vocal. The closer was "Try a Little Tenderness" arranged by Shaun Evans and was given a standing ovation by the audience. This song featured Kiyan Taghaboni on vocals.