Jazz Night Swings

Schools and Libraries

April 10, 2014



The Long Beach High School music department hosted its annual Jazz Night on March 28, giving the audience a musical treat with a cool jazz beat. Performers from the middle school jazz band, high school jazz lab, high school jazz choir and high school jazz ensemble filled the auditorium with the music from the Big Band era to the contemporary jazz scene.

At an opening reception, the high school commons area was transformed into a cozy lounge complete with hors d'oeuvres. Members of Friends of the Arts were on hand to welcome guests, and National Honor Society members volunteered as ushers. Friends of the Arts also gave away dozens of raffle prizes.

Director of Comprehensive Arts Dr. Dale Johanson served as the master of ceremonies for the evening. To entertain guests between sets, she engaged the audience in a jazz trivia game. Marino Bragino III directed the high school jazz ensemble. He was joined by fellow directors Greg Renoud, sitting in for Liz Altbacker (middle school jazz band), Justin Marks (high school jazz lab) and Michael Capobianco (high school jazz choir). Soloists Anna Falvey, Jonathan Kapilian, Maegan Miciotta and Max Tunney demonstrated the talent that earned them all spots in the All-County vocal jazz ensemble.

"Jazz Night has become another proud Long Beach musical tradition," said Mr. Bragino. "It gives us a unique opportunity to further expand our community's appreciation and understanding of jazz. Thanks to all who helped make this event such a success."