Our Jazz Orchestra will have the pleasure of workshopping on Friday 1 September (Week 8) at St Andrew’s Anglican College with special guests and world-renowned musicians Bob Montgomery & Al Hermann.
Bob Montgomery is an internationally recognized performing artist who has appeared throughout Europe, Australia, Canada, China, Mexico, Japan, Great Britain, New Zealand and the United States. He has performed in back-up orchestras for such artists as Sammy Davis Jr., Diana Ross, Tony Bennett, Quincy Jones, Nancy Wilson, and many more. Bob’s reputation as an educator has earned him many awards, including “Teacher of the Year”, “Jazz Educator and Performer of the Year”, and “Colorado Jazz Educator Of The Year”. He is founder and director of the Telluride Student Jazz All-Star program held each year at the Telluride Jazz Celebration. This program has helped hundreds of young jazz musicians enter the world of jazz as professional performers.
Al Hermann is originally from New Orleans, and while still in high school there, Al spent his weekends on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge absorbing the formidable talents of Carl Fontana- Al’s mentor. In later life, Fontana said of him “nobody gets around the horn any better than Al Hermann”. While in New Orleans, Al was featured with the Dukes of Dixieland, called for the New Orleans Symphony, and was a regular at the Roosevelt (Fairmont) Hotel, where he backed such luminaries as Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Julie London, and Peggy Lee. He has sided with the Woody Hermann Orchestra, Lionel Hampton, Buddy Morrow, Wild Bill Davidson, Doc Cheatham, Ellis Marsalis, Spike Robinson, Warren Vache, Dave Grusin, Eddie Daniels, Arturo Sandoval, Dave Pietro, President Bill Clinton, and many other outstanding musicians. Al has given master classes and clinics in many universities throughout the world, and has performed at major jazz festivals in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.
Students are to meet promptly in the Band Room at the end of the school day to help set up for the workshop. Students are to bring their formal uniform to school and change into this before the workshop. There will be a rack outside the Music Office to hang uniforms on. The schedule for the afternoon will be:
3:15pm till 4:30pm Workshop with students
5:00pm: Dinner for students (supplied)
5:30pm: Doors open for Concert
6:00pm: St Andrew’s Jazz Orchestra performance
6:30pm: Bob & Al Quintet performance
Families and friends are welcome and encouraged to attend the concert which will be held in the Studio. There will be a cash bar available from 5:15pm for purchasing drinks. Tickets will be free of charge for students and $10 per adult. This concert should conclude by 7:30pm and students will then be available to depart from the venue.
This workshop and concert will be a wonderful experience for all members of the Jazz Orchestra and everyone is asked to remain till the completion of the concert at 7:30pm. If for some reason your child is unable to attend, please contact Mr Andrew Eunson.