Jazz band prepares for Barnes and Noble Night

Jazz band is preparing to spread some holiday cheer at Barnes and Noble Night on Dec. 10.

“[Last year’s performance] was super-fun,” junior Jordan Stowers said. “The Jazz band all got together a few minutes before we had to perform and talked and bonded. I suppose you could say once we actually went on, the audience was so excited and it seemed like they were almost entranced by our oh-so-very-professional rendering of “Charlie Brown Christmas.”

Barnes and Noble Night is designed as a fund-raiser for the school.

“It’s really laid-back and casual,” junior Marc Spurlock said “That seems to be how the winter events play out. Everyone goes, plays and just has a great time. The whole Barnes and Noble event is put on as a fund-raiser. They usually ask us to play as entertainment. They usually also have various staff members reading Christmas stories.”

The performance also helps to spread West Shore’s name throughout the community.

“We go and perform lighthearted Christmas songs,” Stowers said. “I suppose it brings book-lovers together to listen to some live jazz music which is really nice. Last year, we had someone’s ask after our performance when our next one would be so they could go there. So that’s nice too. I love being up there and just playing through our list of songs. It’s super fun listening to people do these amazing solos which are usually made up on the spot and then listening to how awesome the band sounds playing the songs we have worked on for weeks and having the audience appreciate them too.”

By Jeannine Widere