Jazz band season preview

Lauren Ulveling , A&E Writer

In the past two years, Xavier’s JBO has placed second and third in class 3A in the statewide competition. They are hoping for similar, if not better, results this year.

“I think part of having a group who can achieve this idea is putting students in the position to succeed,” Director Ms. Kelli Swehla said. “I have to choose the players who can handle the challenge and music we can perform well. In a rehearsal setting, we must seek granular refinement. In performances, we must learn to rise to the occasion. Jazz Band One has a tradition of excellence and it helps to have that to refer back to. New members learn the ropes quickly as a result.”

Jazz Band One started rehearsals at the end of October and rehearses three times a week. “I love being able to play jazz,” junior Katherine Surur said.  “It’s my favorite type of music and it makes me happy that I get to start every other day playing this type of music with classmates,”

Surur has been playing in jazz band since sixth grade and has confidence for this season.

Similarly, junior Ben Trachta has been playing in a Xavier jazz band for three years.

“I like getting to perform alongside my classmates; it’s fun and a great experience,” Trachta said.

JBO is  learning four new songs: “Straighten Up and Fly Right”, “Old Man Blues”, “Bourbon Street Jingling Jollies” and “How Can You Lose?”.

“I love the music we get to play and hearing a piece come together after all the time and effort we put into it,” senior Anna Garbe said.

Both Xavier jazz bands are rehearsing for their performances and are excited for the competition season ahead.

“Our performances begin toward the end of January. Come out and see us!” Ms. Swehla said.