“Talkin” About Jazz
Music Director John Piazza, Jr. brought “Talkin’ About Jazz” to Rockland High School and Rogers Middle School, a lecture series consisting of concerts and clinics exposing students to the fundamentals of jazz and its contribution to the American music scene. Joining students from the East Bridgewater schools, students in grades six through twelve attended an all-day clinic where they received step-by-step guidance by trained clinicians in creating music by ear and developing their listening skills. In the evening, a Jazz concert was held for the community with over three hundred people in attendance. A second concert was held in the Rockland High School lecture hall featuring regional musicians, teachers David Arruda and John Piazza Jr., Superintendent of Schools Alan Cron, and Big Band leader and drummer Kenny Hadley. More concerts and lectures are planned for the students and community in the future.