WARSAW — The Warsaw Community High School Performing Arts Department will present “Jazz in the Night/ Drum Enchanted Evening” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5. The concert will feature the WCHS Jazz Band, the WCHS Percussion Ensemble and the combined Edgewood/ Lakeview Middle School Jazz Band. The groups will also perform with special guest artist, David Ridenour on guitar.
The WCHS Jazz Band will perform a wide variety of musical styles, including classic jazz standards by Herbie Hancock and Dave Brubeck, as well as the music of contemporary artists like Norah Jones, Stevie Wonder, and recent Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Chicago.
The WCHS Jazz Band performs extensively and has received numerous accolades and honors over the years, including performances at the prestigious Elkhart Jazz Festival in 2012, 2014, and 2015. The band has also been invited to return to the festival for a fourth time in June.
The WCHS Percussion Ensemble will perform pieces ranging from Classical to the Latin-jazz of the Pat Metheny Group. The Warsaw Winter Percussion Ensemble will perform its 2016 competition show, “Passion, Grace and Fire”, based on the music of jazz-fusion guitarist Al Di Meola.
The WCHS Percussion Ensemble placed seventh at the Indiana Percussion Association State Finals in 2016. Warsaw is a five-time Indiana State Champion and has qualified for state finals twenty years in a row. The WCHS Jazz Band and Percussion Ensemble are under the direction of Mickey Ratliff. The Middle School Jazz Band is directed by Joseph Peloza.
“Jazz in the Night/ Drum Enchanted Evening” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the Warsaw Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5. Tickets are available in the WCHS Performing Arts Center ticket booth.
TG’s Frozen Yogurt of Warsaw will sell yogurt in the lobby from 6:45-7:30 p.m. and again at intermission. Yogurt cups are $4 each and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the WCHS Band program.
For more information, contact the WCHS Performing Arts Department at (574) 371-5037.