THE BULLDOG EXPRESS
Teaching more than one subject at a time could be a challenge, and so could performing in two of Greenwood High School’s music programs.
GHS band director Joel Sillavan and his jazz band students somehow make it possible.
Sillavan teaches the marching band, symphonic band and the jazz band. One thing that sets these groups a part is music.
The style and the instrumentation bring jazz to life. The jazz band plays older and more modern jazz for the audience’s enjoyment. The combination brings something special and fun to the table.
Students prepare through practice, whether it’s in the band room or at home. The students in jazz band also carry responsibilities of being in the marching band.
How they manage to do both can only be summed up in the passion and the love for music that they all share.
Trumpet player Trey Pruitt said jazz band is an entirely different thing compared to marching and the concert season. He said it’s very laidback, but the students do impressive work.
Pruitt’s instrument is important to the sound of a jazz band because, “it brings a brighter tone.”
Jazz band is composed of students from ninth-12th grades who play many instruments ranging from the guitar to the trumpet. Pruitt said this is a good opportunity for those who can be in jazz band.
Guitar player KD Spinas said that you learn a lot in jazz band.
“You learn to collaborate with other members,” he said.
As in any band, one learns to do this, but in jazz band, there are fewer students and more opportunity to do things musically.
Pruitt and Spinas said they are in jazz band to learn more and grow as musicians. They said learning jazz can help you in college because you know how to play the style.
The GHS jazz band will perform in December.