An Evening of Jazz

An Evening of Jazz photo
James Wilson Young Middle School and Bayport-Blue Point High School recently presented an entertaining evening of jazz music for the community. 

Performing ensembles included the James Wilson Young Middle School jazz band under the direction of Matthew Hurst, the Bayport-Blue Point High School vocal jazz choir directed by Jean Goloski and the Bayport-Blue Point High School jazz band led by Michael Sarling. 
There was a little something for everyone in the audience to enjoy, as the students performed various styles of music including the blues, swing, Latin and pop. The creativity flowed throughout the evening as many students performed solos with clarity and confidence. 

“Jazz night is always a concert that people circle on their calendar,” said James Wilson Young Middle School Principal Robert Haas. “The students and staff put a great deal of time and effort outside of the school day to prepare for this concert, and they never disappoint. It was a great show.”

On Saturday, Feb. 3, both the middle and high school jazz bands will represent the school district at the SCMEA Day of Jazz Festival. The students were chosen based on teacher recommendations, and will be given the opportunity to perform for judges who will critique their performances and offer constructive criticism. These students represent the top middle and high school student-musicians from across Suffolk County.