11:33 a.m., April 1, 2013

There’s no music like soul music

Jazz is a different kind of music, a kind of music that fills a part of the soul. Like food. It’s food for the soul, according to the Laramie County Community College Jazz Band.

The group’s upcoming concert, Food for the Soul, will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, at the Cheyenne Civic Center. The concert will be filled with diverse pieces such as “Madrid,” “Toot your own Horns” and “Easy Money.”

Director Gary Hall has many pieces picked for the band. “We can prepare quite a bit of music in a month,” Hall said. The group will perform six to eight tunes, which they will choose as the concert nears.

“I try to find pieces fun for the musicians that are also fun to listen to,” Hall said. They range from slow love ballads to fun, quirky songs such as the one Hall described as “Chicken Funk.”

“I think I pick good literature,” Hall commented.

He spends great amounts of time listening to various pieces to find ones for his students.

The Jazz Band has recently downsized. Hall said this choice was to fill standard jazz seating. Auditions were held for the ensemble, and the parts open for this concert were filled.

“We can get docked points for doubling parts,” Hall said, commenting on the various jazz contests in which the group competes.

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