Jazz Band brings gets funky

The 1950s are back and in full swing at Laramie County Community College as the LCCC Jazz Band does the jive at the Cheyenne Civic Center.

The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, and is free, but donations will be taken for the COMEA House.

Gary Hall, LCCC instrumental music instructor, said, "We try to give a little bit back to the community."

The band will prepare 16 to 17 pieces for the concert but will feature only six or seven.

"A lot of swing, blues, Latin and funk will be performed at the concert," Hall said. A few pieces selected will include; Sunny Rollins' "Saint Thomas," which is a Latin piece; Victor Lopez's "Puffy Taco," which is a salsa piece; and Veronica Hanway's "Straighten Up and Fly."

"Many composers try to title their pieces indicatively," Hall said. This means composers relate their rhythms and style of the piece. "Puffy Taco," for example, is a salsa piece with a lot of rough counting and rhythms. People eat salsa with tacos, and from there a title like "Puffy Taco" emerges.

LCCC band student Amanda Barnes said, "We have gotten all our music for the concert and we like all our songs."

Gabe Rocha, another band student, said, "My favorite piece is 'Saint Thomas' because of the challenge due to the arrangement."

Preparation for this concert was focused heavily after spring break as the LCCC Jazz Band went to New Orleans for the Crescent City Jazz Festival March 15–18.

Chris Conroy, an LCCC band student, said: "We are really focusing on New Orleans for spring break and will focus more on it later. Still, we have worked on it some already."


When: April 14, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Cheyenne Civic Center.

Free admission, donations accepted for COMEA House.