Music Made in Brighton

Published on 26 November 2018

The Music Department thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality of Brighton College last week when pupils attended the Prep School’s Jazz Event. Hoe Bridge were one of six prep schools involved and events started with an extremely large and at times very loud full rehearsal in the main assembly hall, under the leadership of Jason Mathias who is Head of Woodwind.  The rhythm section included guitarists, bass guitars, keyboard, percussion players and drum kit. A large force of about fifteen flutes, eight clarinets and seven saxophones (alto and tenor) formed the wind and reed section.

The children were soon getting to grips with a variety of new repertoire – reading music that at first glance seemed very daunting. The band made an impressively good sound exploring a range of lively numbers including Watermelon Man, Tequila and Havana. The closing concert started with the percussionists playing a piece by ear in a circle format, using djembe drums. Most impressive were the individual players who stepped up to lead some imaginative improvisations during the concert.  Overall a terrific day and definitely worth the long journey.

 

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