by Chief Musician David G. Malvaso
Friday Nov. 2nd brought the band to Tyler, Texas where we had a special clinic lined up to work with the jazz students of Tyler Junior College. We started the clinic by playing one of their charts and then each of our sections gave pointers and examples to help the students improve their big band skills. The students were very receptive and showed immediate improvement. It is nice feeling to know that we could use our talents to help out these students in their endeavor to become stronger musicians. Heather Mensch, Professor of Jazz Studies and Low Brass, does an outstanding job of getting these kids fired up about being jazz musicians and it shows in their skill level. I think the clinic was highly enjoyable for both the students and the Commodores despite being a long travel day to get there, teach the clinic, and then play a show at night.
The concert that night went very well and the audience was very enthusiastic. Keep up the good work and hope to see you the next time we come to Tyler. A big thanks to Musician 1st Class Casey Elliot on taking the photos.