A week of student jazz



Photo Courtesy of College of the Desert.

College of the Desert held three separate jazz ensemble events. The first was on May 15 at 7 p.m. The COD student ensemble played a range of different jazz pieces throughout the night.

The second concert was held at the Indian Wells Theater at California State University San Bernardino, Palm Desert campus on May 16 at 7 p.m. The concert was led by Director Michael Fleischmann and it was a year-end concert from College of the Deserts student body. It also included the Symphonic Band.

The third event was a choral concert, featuring the COD Chamber and Jazz Singers. This concert was also held at the Indian Wells Theater. All concerts were free to attend but donations of $5 or $10 were appreciated.

Those who participate in these special programs consist of a range of students who are majoring in jazz studies. Part of their studies includes improvisation and other elements of jazz. All of it accumulates to a comprehensive and understanding of jazz and music theory. Those among the Symphonic Band work to make their program to include chamber wind  and percussion ensembles. The Jazz Singers have a wide range of music opportunities for music and voice classes in traditional and contemporary voice.

Jazz Band is directed by Dr. Anthoney Fesmire.

Symphonic Band is directed by Gregory X.

Jazz Singers is under the direction of Timothy Bruneau and Dr. Darlene Romano who oversees the vocal and musical theater program.

Among the group of performers, four of them will be transferring. Bryan Meyers (Concordia University), Claudio Medina (Cal Poly Pomona), Chris Bravo (San Diego State University) and Antonio Silva (Sacramento State University).

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