The THS Jazz Ensemble started up for the first time in over a year last Monday, March 15. Using health protocols, distancing procedures, and PPE, the group put together a couple of songs to enter into the CMU Virtual Jazz Festival which we recorded and submitted last night. Considering the group only had two rehearsals, these selections turned out pretty solid.
A special congratulations goes out to junior Eli Goreta, alto sax, who via audition was accepted into the very exclusive University of Michigan Jazz Ambassadors All-Star ensemble. This group is only seven students - one on each of sax, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass guitar, drumset, and guitar - selection from auditioners from around Michigan and nationally. The septet is full scholarship and was created and instructed by Grammy Award jazz artist John Clayton. Congratulations, Eli!