The musicians of the jazz band Blue hit all the right notes

By HEATHER RUPPE

A group of jazz musicians in the Band of Blue at Colleton County High School recently scored a big win in Walterboro, with the school’s Jazz Band receiving an excellent overall rating at the Jazz Performance Appraisal Festival of the South Carolina Directors Association 2022.

The local jazz band traveled to Newberry College for the festival and were part of a group of 40 ensembles that performed. “We are extremely proud of our group members and their hard work. The jazz ensemble has grown so much musically and really rebounded after 18 months away from Covid,” said Band of Blue manager Tom Finigan. “Playing jazz allows our students to be creative and learn to solo and improvise.”

This is the second time Colleton County High School has sent a jazz band to the state festival: Colleton County’s last performance was before COVID, in 2020.

According to Finigan, the Band of Blue’s Jazz Band meets once a week after school and is open to all band members. Among the participants of the jazz band, there are students who are learning a second instrument or a different instrument, he said.

During the recent festival, the musicians of the jazz band from Colleton performed three songs: “Jammin’ with Charlie”, with Dominick Jackson on guitar, “What a Wonderful World” and “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love”.

The members of the CCHS Jazz Band are:

Flutes: Arika Deshane, Niquee Agina, Ashley Garcia

Alto saxophones: Kevin White, Kamron Longfellow, Dashaad Fishburne, Alex Green and Peyton Grant

Tenor saxophones: Alex Claxton, Amber Parker and Carla Harrison

Baritone sax: Cameron Thigpen

Trumpets: Dooley Hiott, Abe Green, Morgan Edens, Cameron Ballew, Nora Holmes, Marrissa Hill and Aiden Risher

Trombones: Maddux Phelps, Derek Oliver, Shawn Jacques, Charley Crabb, Makayla Connelly and Jada Christian

Bass guitar: Harley Vargas

Rhythm guitar: Dominick Jackson

Piano: Logan Hale

Drums: Kayshawn Lambright, Marquez Kirkland

Ambiance: Sarah Wilson

Equipment: Sammy Ferguson and Fantasia Hodges

In other upcoming news from the band:

The Band of Blue Concert Band will perform March 15 at the 2022 South Carolina Band Directors Association State Concert Performance Assessment at James Island High School

CCMS Bands Combined Grade 7 & 8 will perform next week at SCBDA CPA 2022 for middle school bands at Hanahan High School on March 23

CCHS Winter Guard and Winter Percussion will compete at River Bluff High School on March 12 and then at the 2022 CWEA Indoor Championships.

Ada J. Kenney