Marysville high school and middle school jazz programs came together for the annual Red Hot Jazz Festival on Jan. 24.
The event was held at the Marysville Opera House this year and serves as a fundraiser for the 10th Street Middle School Music Boosters.
“It’s a fundraiser for 10th Street Middle School and goes to support music and our band program. It also just provides a really great opportunity to bring together the jazz musicians in our schools,” said Kamille Norton, president of the 10th Street Middle School Music Boosters.
Jazz programs from different schools don’t always have the chance to see each other.
“They really like hearing all the other schools. It’s easy to hear your school, but you don’t get to hear all the other schools,” said Marysville Getchell band director TJ Seiber.
“I think they have a lot of fan hearing all the other schools,” said Gavin Knowles, Marysville-Pilchuck High School band director.
It’s also a chance for the middle schoolers to see what a high school jazz program sounds like.
“A chance for the high school kids to show what they can do in a couple years,” said Knowles.
“One of the really cool things is seeing jazz grow in Marysville,” said Kristen Michal, treasurer for the 10th Street Middle School Music Boosters.
“I like when you see the M-P and Getchell kids play after seeing them play in the middle school bands years before,” she said.
Students also enjoy coming back to the concert each year.
“To see the middle schoolers that we used to be, and knowing that we’ve been in those seats before, is pretty cool,” said Kevin Lockwood, a member of the Marysville Getchell High School jazz program.
“It’s cool to hear where they start as students,” said Seiber.
The concert was started as a way to provide a concert for middle school jazz programs and has become a big fundraiser for the 10th Street Middle School program.
It continues to be a way for middle school programs to get some concert experience.
“The middle schools get up and play, some of the students for the first time,” said Seiber.
“I love the inclusivity of this event. It’s mainly put together for the middle school performers who may not have a lot of performance opportunities,” said Knowles.
Many of the performers also like the more laid-back nature of the concert.
“It’s a really good time. It’s pretty low pressure. Today we played a song we haven’t brought to concert yet and it went really well,” said Lockwood.
“This is a great thing that they do because it’s really relaxed and it’s a really friendly crowd,” said Seiber.
Money raised from the event helps the 10th Street Middle School band program in a variety of ways.
“It goes toward instrument repair, purchasing instruments if we need it, and paying for jazz festivals,” said Michal.