B y Jaime Thomas
Music students in Granville are keeping sharp with a number of events in the next few weeks.
Along with the band’s most popular event—jazz café—the instrumentalists will celebrate Music in Our Schools Month by participating in a festival, performing in Albany and holding a fundraiser.
Jazz café, the jazz ensemble’s annual fundraiser, offers an eclectic range of hits this year on Thursday, March 20 at 7 p.m. The playlist includes “Children of Sanchez,” “Gospel John,” “Big Bad Boogie,” “Moonlight Magic,” “Walk the Dinosaur,” “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Hawaii 5-0,” “Just Before Sunset,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” “On Broadway,” “Footloose” and “Hip to Be Square.”
The cafeteria will be decorated to resemble a café, and in keeping with that theme food, including cookies, brownies, cupcakes, coffee, punch and water, will be served.
There will also be a live auction of cakes and pies, with Rev. Jerry McKinney acting as auctioneer as well as a silent auction with baskets and other items donated by local businesses and craftsmen.
The café concert raises money for the jazz ensemble’s annual expenses and next year’s senior band trip to the Trills and Thrills music festival in Hershey, Pa., where the students have historically performed well.
“When we attended this festival two years ago, the band received the highest rating by both judges,” Band Teacher Crystal Everdyke said.
To gear up for the event, the school will host the Instrumental All-County Music Festival for the Washington County Area Music Teachers’ Association this weekend, March 14 and 15, for the second year in a row.
Everdyke said only three or four schools in the county have auditoriums large enough to host the festival; since Granville is one of the smaller ones, the school will split the concert into two sections.
The elementary band will play first at 3 p.m., and the auditorium will be emptied and will reseat for the junior and senior high section of the concert.
“Last year was the first year that we tried it, and it worked really well. We hope for another very successful weekend,” Everdyke said.
On March 28, the jazz ensemble will present a concert at Empire State Plaza in Albany as one of many school bands from throughout the state doing so throughout the month. Everdyke said performing ensembles from throughout New York apply to give concerts for the legislators, senators and others.
“The Granville Jazz Ensemble has been participating in the month-long celebration for 20 years, usually on the last day of the month. We have often been told that they have ‘saved the best for last,’ she said.
The students will cap off their busy month with a spaghetti dinner at Bernardo’s on Monday, March 31, which will also raise money for the Hershey trip.
There will be three seatings at 5, 6 and 7:15 p.m. Eat-in tickets are $5, and takeout is $6.