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All That Jazz offers great opportunity for students and local jazz fans on Mar 23

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Since the 1990s, Swift Current residents have been able to enjoy a night out with some beautiful jazz music courtesy of students at Swift Current Comprehensive High School at their annual All That Jazz performance. This year's event will be on March 23, starting at the high school at 6:30 pm.



“It's a great way to showcase our jazz groups, because they are often not featured at regular concerts,” noted SCCHS Band Director Aaron Thingelstad. “They do spend more time on their instruments and they do more rehearsals, so it's important for us to show what they are doing.”


Last year, the event's regular format was changed up a little, to bring in more local jazz fans. Free dance lessons are offered prior to the concert, and the dance floor remains open throughout the evening. Patrons are welcome to dance, or sit back and enjoy the music.


“It's something a bit different that this community doesn't normally offer,” Thingelstad explained. “It also gives our kids the opportunity to experience what it's like to play at a real gig – the reality of what it means to be a professional musician. It gets the public and the students learning the language of jazz, and it's just a really nice evening.”


The event is a fundraiser for the Band Parents Auxiliary, and the students put in a lot of hours not only learning between 20-30 in various styles for the evening, but also with set up, decorating, and serving desserts.


“Everyone pitches in to make the evening a success, and if I could give them all special credit for the work they put in, I would do it,” said Thingelstad. “They do it because they love it, and putting in the hours is really a labor of love. It's one of our favorite concerts of the year.”


Thingelstad himself has a fondness for the jazz era, and enjoys having the opportunity to share that passion with his students. He is pleased each year to see how well the students are able to translate that love into their own music.


“Even at the middle years level, we are doing a great job with jazz here in Swift Current,” he said. “The kids who start playing then get hooked, and the interest is really there – always new students coming in eager to replace those who are graduating. I'm always surprised at the talent of these young musicians, stepping up and doing great things.”


For residents who have not had the opportunity to see some of these talented students, All That Jazz provides a way to support Swift Current's young artists while enjoying a beautiful night out, as well.


“This is a great chance to see some very dedicated students working hard and making some great music,” Thingelstad added. “Our program here is second to none, and that's all the students' doing. They consistently win national and provincial recognition for their hard work, and it's a real bright spot for culture in our city that I think sometimes people don't know is there.”


All That Jazz will be held at SCCHS on March 23. Dance lessons will begin at 6:30pm, with music starting up at 7:30pm. Tickets are only $15.

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