Schools and Libraries
October 25, 2014
Long Beach High School's Jazz Band was among the extraordinary talent featured in the Long Beach Jazz Festival, one of the community's most highly anticipated annual entertainment events.
This was the ensemble's second time participating in the popular and well-attended celebration of music, which included an assortment of performances held at various locations in Long Beach between Sept. 18 and 21.
Led by Director Marino Bragino, the band took the stage in the Long Beach Public Library and provided a lively show for their audience. They opened with a student-created improvisational jam titled, "Ry-Love." For their second song they played the "Rocky" theme, featuring solos by Luc Esformes on tenor saxophone and Sean Donlon on drums. Their final piece was a Stevie Wonder medley featuring solos by Jonathan Kapilian on electric keyboard and Luc Esformes on tenor saxophone. They incorporated the familiar melodies, "Living by the City," "Sir Duke," and "Signed, Sealed, Delivered."
Bragino explained to attendees that the ensemble has only been rehearsing for a few weeks since it is early in the school year and commended the students for their dedication to carrying out an applaud-worthy performance. He introduced Jonathan Kapilian on piano/electric keyboard; Sean Corbett and Jake Lopez on bass; Sean Donlon on Drum Set; Aaron Thompson, Raylene Murietta and Jean Ripley-Grier on alto saxophone; Luc Esformes and Maya Maloney on tenor saxophone; Jonathan Kappel on baritone saxophone; Alana Weiss on Flute; Max Dexter and Chad Marsh on trumpet; Avery Stern, Peter Kassap and Sam Miller on trombone; and Karl Verastegui on Tuba.
Next on the Jazz Band's schedule is a Chamber of Commerce performance, to be held at the Sands in East Atlantic Beach in November.
Photo: The LBHS Jazz Band performed in the City's annual Jazz Festival during a show held at the library.