On the heels of the Liberty Bowl Half Time Show performance, and switching gears from Marching Band to Orchestral Band, the versatile John Burroughs High School Instrumental Music Association is ready to Swing!
(photo courtesy of Conrad F. Olivas, III)
One of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the JBHS IMA, Swing Night, showcases the John Burroughs High School Jazz Ensemble. The Jazz Ensemble will play the ﬁnest culmination of big band music that months of study has prepared them for.
As attendees arrive, the opening band, White Bow Tie Society, will serenade the crowd with a set of traditional jazz music. White Bow Tie Society is comprised of 6 members of the Jazz Ensemble who study and play traditional jazz, Latin and funk.
This special night then launches off with a Swing Dance lesson taught by Burroughs alumna and professional dance instructor Linda Shoemake. Then use what youʼve learned to swing the night away to live music all performed by the Jazz Ensemble. Peruse the opportunity baskets featuring a variety of prizes that will be rafﬂed during the event. To keep your energy up there will be an assortment of tasty hor dʼoeuvres.
The IMAʼs goal is to raise funds to help with costs involved for the Jazz Ensemble to participate in the Central Coast Jazz Festival and the Reno Jazz Festival, among others, in the coming months.
This night of fun all takes place Saturday, January 19th at the Friendship Auditorium, 3201 Riverside Drive, in Los Feliz. Tickets are available for purchase through any JBHS IMA member or online at www.jbhsima.org.
Excellent and superior not only describe the John Burroughs High School Band, but are also two of the highest honors musicians can earn in competitions. This spring the JBHS musicians have been competing as soloists, in small ensembles, and all three band groups, and they have consistently received the highest honors and much acclaim.
On April 1 there was no joke being played when the JBHS Wind Ensemble received the highest rating of the day, Unanimous Superior, at the SCSBOA Festival of Bands hosted at Excelsior Auditorium in Norwalk. The JBHS Symphonic and Concert bands both received Excellent ratings in performance and Superior in Sight Reading. “The kids have been working really hard all year and I was glad to see them recognized,” said Tana Barnett, Music Director.
On April 2 the JBHS Jazz Ensemble had an impressive showing at the Fullerton Jazz Festival earning an overall Excellent rating and finishing sixth in their division. In addition, three musicians were singled out for Outstanding Soloist awards.
The JBHS Instrumental Music Association offers a comprehensive music experience for high school musicians, with the bands regularly taking top honors. Earlier in the year the JBHS musicians competed in a Solo and Ensemble Festival where two soloists earned Superior ratings and 23 ensembles were named Superior. Both soloists and the Superior ensembles qualified for the state level competition.
In addition, clarinet player and graduating senior Emily Connor was named to the All-State Band and performed at the California Band Director’s Association annual conference in Fresno.
Photos By Conrad Olivas
The John Burroughs High School Marching Band had a very successful performance in New Orleans where they played the half time show at the Sugar Bowl in the Louisiana Superdome. The excitement was high as bands from 8 high schools played a medley of music from the 70’s band CCR. The 84 students that made the trip to New Orleans also played at Jackson Square and along the Mississippi River. The JBHS band students had a fantastic time in New Orleans where they also took in sights from the French Quarter and Preservation Hall.
The historical Preservation Hall Jazz Band performed a private concert for our students, it was incredible. Our group picture here was also featured in the official Sugar Bowl website.