High school bands join for jazz night

Ensembles from Warren G. Harding, Lakeview, Boardman and Struthers high schools will join the Big Band Sound of Packard for a concert celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month.

The Warren G. Harding High School Jazz Ensemble, led by Reed Young and Robert Rollo, will perform Thelonious Monk’s “Straight No Chaser,” Ray Henderson’s “Bye Bye Blackbird” and Kurt Weill’s “My Ship.”

The Lakeview High School Jazz Ensemble Blue, directed by Nathan Sensabaugh, is slated to play George and Ira Gershwin’s “Strike Up the Band,” Neal Hefti’s “Splanky” and George Goodwin’s “Hit the Bricks.”

Thomas M. Ruggieri will lead the Boardman High School Jazz Ensemble I in a set with Quincy Jones’ “Belly Roll (The Boy in the Tree),” Arthur Kent’s and Sylvia Dee’s “Bring Me Sunshine” and Chester Thompson’s “Squib Cakes.”

And Struthers High School Jazz Band, directed by Joshua C. Hawkins, will play Fred Sturm’s “Aim High,” Jesse Harris’ “Don’t Know Why” and Herbie Hancock’s “Chameleon.”

Following the high school ensembles, the Big Band Sound of Packard, led by Daniel Carioti, and vocalist Helen Welch will perform a mix of jazz works, from early jazz favorites to more contemporary works.

The concert is part of Jazz Appreciation Month, which is sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History to call attention to the importance of the music to the country’s cultural heritage.

The Jazz Appreciation Month Big Band Jazz Festival starts at 6 p.m. April 11 at Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. N.W., Warren. Admission is free, and funding is provided by the W.D. Packard trust.

For more information, call 330-841-2931.