Students celebrate a year of music education with the 2018 FEDUJAZZ End of Year Concert
On Saturday, 15 December 2018, the students of FEDUJAZZ, together with their teachers, performed a celebratory concert to share the fruits of their hard work over the trimester. The enthusiastic audience was made up of families, volunteers, community supporters, and the FEDUJAZZ Executive Board. The concert was held under the shade of a large tree in the yard of the FEDUJAZZ Cabarete campus, which has been open for classes and rehearsals six days a week since the fall term began in September. Students of all levels and instruments performed solos, in duets, and in larger ensembles as well.
After a delicious lunch prepared and served by the mothers of FEDUJAZZ, student Rosi Orbi, serving as Master of Ceremonies, welcomed the excited crowd to the event. The audience was first treated to performances from the piano and drum students, who performed seasonal favorites including “Silent Night” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”. The guitar and bass students took the stage next, sharing jazz hits including “So What?” and “Satin Doll”. The Big Band ensemble, composed of the wind instrument students and drums, piano, guitar, and bass, rocked the crowd with their high-energy interpretations of Dominican favorite “Alegre Ven” and blues and jazz standards. Finally, the voice students shared choral renditions of “Autumn Leaves” and “10,000 Reasons”.
The mood of the event was festive and fun, and the students were sent off into their winter breaks with a sense of accomplishment. They’ll take the holidays to rest and restore before FEDUJAZZ classes begin again for winter term 7 January 2019.
Click here for a live video of the Big Band Ensemble shared from the event!