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Jazz II Goes to Disneyland

Diego Martinez, Writer

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On Wednesday, Oct. 24, the Downey High Jazz II band attended the annual Disneyland Jazz festival. This year marks the ninth time Jazz II has brought music to the wonderland in hopes of bringing joy and tasteful jazz. They had high expectations for themselves and anticipated the viewing of other jazz bands that day.  


The event began at 9:00 AM and started with jazz bands from different cities, and at noon Jazz II took the stage. The group played 7 songs consisting of swing to contemporary jazz songs all directed by Corey Olariu. The setlist for the noon concert had songs such as “Round Midnight” by Dale Turner and “Giant Steps: Naima” by Jaki Byard and Michael Marcus. Each jazz player enjoyed the songs they played and feel positive that they made the Disney hall brighter that afternoon with those songs.


Jazz players all have their strengths in certain places and alto saxophone player, Cody Tsaowimonsiri, 10, is certain he did a good job but still describes his best moments and weakest in playing.


“I feel like my best parts in playing honestly, was when it came to the improv sections of the song and I could really play what I felt needed to be in the songs,” Tsaowimonsiri stated. “My worst moments were when I would so often mix up some timings and forget the tempo.”


Jazz II had been preparing since the start of the school year for their first official festival and feel good that they took the necessary time to practice their setlist and work out their imperfections. Sophomore drummer, Jeffrey Reyes, feels proud that he practiced every day to perfect his playing.


“I think without my constant attention to the details in songs, I don’t think I would have been good enough to play in the festival this week,” Reyes stated. “Working out kinks and getting advice really helped me out.”


The self-critique process that comes after such performances can be positive or negative, but for Jazz II player Ashley Quintero, 11, she felt her clarinet playing was the best she has done on stage.


“The best feeling I got afterward was when I realized that was the best playing I’ve done on a stage with the jazz group,” Quintero stated. “I think that was my favorite moment of that trip, the super positive reflection just pushes me to continue on in jazz.”


Upon reflection the Jazz II players feel good about their performance, complimenting and critiquing themselves properly. This year marks the ninth time Jazz II has brought music to Disneyland in hopes of bringing joy and tasteful jazz. They look forward to their upcoming winter concert on Dec. 13 at the Downey Theatre with all the other Jazz groups from Downey High.

Diego Martinez, Writer

As a writer in the Downey Legend, sophomore Diego Martinez loves to express himself through the act of writing and composing music. "In the future, I see...

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