THS Jazz Bands to Host Free Concert – Shelby County Reporter

By NATHAN HOWELL | Editor-in-chief

ALABASTER – Various ensembles from the Thompson High School jazz program will be featured during the ‘Swing into Spring’ show on April 17 on the lawn of THS.

The event will run from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and will take place in a scenic area in front of the school fountain.

Graham Bennett, director of jazz studies, said the event was an opportunity for different groups to show off their talents and would provide an outlet for people to go out and enjoy an event around music.

“The Thompson High School Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Combo I, Jazz Combo II, Percussion Ensemble and Faculty Jazz Combo will perform on Saturday April 17,” said Bennett. “This is an incredible opportunity to show all the hard work that students in the Thompson High School Jazz Program have put in. “

According to Bennett, this performance serves as a replacement for the traditional performance that bands do called “Java and Jazz,” due to several factors, including the ongoing pandemic and the tests many students are doing during this week.

“We didn’t feel comfortable enough to do our performance indoors,” Bennett explained. “So we thought about it and I got this idea. All groups will perform right in front of the fountains. We will have them on elevators and each group will perform a set for the guests. “

Bennett explained that the different bands had had very limited opportunities to perform over the past year, so he wanted to create a situation where everyone could safely go out and see what they were working on.

“We have worked very hard on this,” he said. “It’s for our children. We really want them to be able to do it. We had a great group of people working together to help make this thing a reality. “

Entrance is free for performances. Bennet said he wanted as many people as possible to come and support the students and teachers who worked so hard to put their pieces together.

Ada J. Kenney