Jazz band to brighten Barnes and Noble night

‘Tis the season for festive musical performances and book fairs. Jazz band will be spreading glad tidings at West Shore’s Barnes and Noble Night on Dec. 4, a fundraiser where West Shore gets a percentage of the total profits from that night.

“When it first started out, Ms. [Jackie] Ingratta asked the music department to play,” band director Carol Allen said.

The event has gone well in the past, and senior Patrick Furino hopes this year will be just as entertaining.

“I think it will be really fun as usual, and I hope Mr. Sarver comes dressed as Santa again,” Furino said. “Usually mostly parents and a fair amount of students show up and every year it goes pretty well.”

Jazz band has its usual jazz-style music prepared, but it will also play some holiday songs to usher in the cheery season.

“Since anyone in the store can hear the music it draws customers to come watch us, in addition to the parents and students,” Furino said.  “It’s a fun gig that is always successful, especially since we play festive music. We play Charlie Brown Christmas and Kings of Swing, which is a kind of We Three Kings medley.”

Jazz band member and senior Richard Klenotich looks forward to performing.

“I feel pretty confident since we know our songs pretty well,” Klenotich said.