The annual Belmont Hill Jazz Night took place on Friday, May 10. Although usually held at the Ryles Jazz Club, the event took place in the Belmont Hill Jazz club this year (aka Wadsworth). Both the Upper School and Middle School jazz bands were featured, with each band playing a collection of music they had worked on all year. The show opened up with the US jazz band playing some iconic tunes, such as” Hang Up Your Hang Ups” by Herbie Hancock and “So What” by Miles Davis. The show featured many soloists, with every member of the US jazz band taking at least one solo. The first set culminated with a surprise performance by Mr. Schneider. After playing many jazz songs, “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison offered a nice balance of styles. Following the first set of US jazz band came the MS band, bringing some serious energy and creativity with their full big band arrangement. Daniel Bittner, David Carter, and TJ Cannistraro all showed off improv and solo skills over the song “Sidewinder.” The already great night was closed by a rendition of “Don’t you worry bout a thing” by Stevie Wonder.
Thank you to all that helped this wonderfully musical night happen. Special thanks to Mr. Fiori for putting a considerable amount of time and effort into the music selection, arrangements, and band development. The future of Belmont Hill music seems promising, as numbers are growing and potential is high.