Jan. 29. 2018 - Plano West Jazz Band Performs at the Jazz Education Network Conference
The Plano West Jazz Band performed on January 5 for the ninth annual Jazz Education Network Conference held in Dallas. The Jazz Education Network is a global community that inspires collective improvisation in music, action and word. At the annual conference students, teachers, pros and enthusiasts connect, learn and play jazz. The invitational performance by Plano West was made possible through an on-going partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. The ensemble prepared seven varied selections of jazz standards including two arrangements by Duke Ellington. The Plano West Jazz Band was one of 15 national finalist in the Essentially Ellington Competition and attended the 2017 Ellington Festival in New York City last May.
Standing L-R: Emory McDowell, Matthew Browning, Tapiwa Musimbe, Samantha Mathew, Dishan Abeysinghe, Isaac Byrd, Alex Maragakis, Blake Aldridge, Jalen Morgan, Elijah Chudnow
Sitting L-R: Rhett Hathaway, Alyse Bates, Jason Smith, Gene Choi, Anna Rutherford, Mark Schara, Matthew You, Thomas Dean, Nathan Eisenberg, Morgan Loiseau, Eric Ge