The Kayhi Jazz Band is a semi-advanced group of about 30 musicians who come together for zero hour to play and learn under the direction of Ms. Nuss.
Freshman and first-timers Julia Spigai and junior Jalina Williams spoke about early mornings and the jazz genre in general.
“I don’t mind waking up this early, I enjoy the music we play” said Spigai. “I don’t drink coffee, all I need is jazz band.”
“I’m generally not a morning person,” said Williams. “But I get up for jazz band.”
Jazz veteran seniors William Biss and Maurice Meiresonne disagree.
“At this point in school, I’m always tired,” said Biss. “I don’t think I can get any more tired.”
“I do enjoy jazz band most days,” said Meiresonne. “But I am in no way a morning person.”
The band plays several scheduled concerts throughout the year such as the Sam Pitcher Memorial Jazz Concert and a winter, fall, and spring concert.
“I love playing jazz, even when it gets tough,” said Biss. “Learning any music can be hard at first, but what we do is on another level.”
The band also participates in some outside invitational gigs such as the Sitka Jazz Festival. “Jazz fest is in February, and I cannot wait,” said Biss. “I love going to Sitka.”
“I’m definitely excited for Sitka,” said Meiresonne. “It gets better every year.”
“Jazz fest is one of my favorite trips,” said Williams. “We get to hear the other bands from around southeast and pros from much farther away.”
Local music opportunities offer gigs to the band as well, such as the annual Boyer Company christmas party, which will feature senior Connor Wodehouse and junior Mady Purcell on vocals this Saturday.
“Boyer is awesome,” said Meiresonne. “Three hours of music with local pros for people who aren’t my parents make for some good memories.”
“Boyer is nerve wracking,” said Williams. “It’s not for a grade, it’s a gig. We call in people like Dave Kiffer and Dale Curtis to help out with 3 hours of stress, but when it’s over it feels amazing.”
Certain members of the band have been selected to participate in a new idea from Mrs. Nuss called jazz combos. These are groups of about 5-6 that practice and play together by request. This year’s three combos include The Snack Pack led by Connor Wodehouse, Tuesday Blues With Mady led by Senior Ezrie Andersen, and Swingin’ In The Rain led by Maurice Meiresonne.
“I’m in Tuesday Blues,” said Williams. “Ezrie is a great leader, sometimes it’s tough because the combos only meet once a week, but we still get good work done.”
The band plans to make waves this year with upcoming performances from the combos and the band itself. Ms. Nuss plans to gladly help them do exactly that, but they still have to be in class by 7:00 a.m.