Thursday, March 29, 2012

Jazz Combo I travels to Germany

By Trisha Stachowski
Arts & Entertainment Editor

Saint Mary’s University’s Jazz Combo I traveled to Cologne, Germany, to perform during spring break.

The 12-piece band was able to experience German culture and share American jazz with the German citizens. The band also had to opportunity to sightsee. The Combo was able to tour both a German cathedral and palace.

The band also had the opportunity to participate in several musical experiences. Under the direction of Dr. John Paulson, the band was able to partake in one rehearsal and play at two different events.

According to junior Jazz Combo I member Allen Mekash, the band had the chance to play at an open rehearsal with a local community band.

In addition to the rehearsal, the group also got to perform at a sold-out show where they teamed up with magician Stefan Gusgen to put on a memorable performance, playing in front of a crowd of over 400 people.

Jazz Combo I concluded their German experience by performing once last concert at the Community Evangelical Church in Wesseling, Germany.

Mekash said the concert was mainly for the host families that housed the students throughout their trip to Germany.

Jazz Combo I will perform at the Page Theatre at SMU on April 13. Tickets for the event are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information, contact the Page Theatre.

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