In the twilight of the evening, John C. Daniels School will hold a benefit concert called “Jazz Under The Stars,” sponsored by Local 35, the union representing servicing and maintenance work at Yale. The concert, held on Monday, April 12, from 7:00–8:30 pm, will feature the Yale Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Thomas C. Duffy. The event will take place at John C. Daniels School’s courtyard, and listeners are welcome to bring blankets or cushions.
All proceeds from this benefit will help purchase high-quality new instruments for JCD band students. The new instruments will allow students to advance their level of performance, and students will be able to bring them to high school and beyond.
The Yale Jazz Ensemble, a seventeen-piece big band, will treat guests to a special performance of a wide variety of music, from swing standards to progressive jazz. The Ensemble has performed both in the United States and internationally at such noted venues as New York's Village Vanguard and Iridium Jazz Club and London's Ronnie Scott's. The YJE has played with or opened for the Mingus Big Band, the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, the Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Big Band, the World Saxophone Quartet, Jane Ira Bloom, Jimmy Owens, and Branford Marsalis.
Thomas C. Duffy, the director of bands at Yale, will lead the YJE and will invite selected John C. Daniels students to perform with the prestigious ensemble.
Local 35 cites its commitment to community as its motivation to sponsor the benefit concert. According to Robert Proto, President of Local 35, “Our organization is proud to support the mission of the John Daniels School. Helping provide resources to advance their music program is a great way for our members to contribute back to our community.”
In just two short years, the music program at JCD has flourished, with 55 member students ranging from first grade to eighth grade. This program has been recognized for its exceptional achievements. For example:
- 21 members of the JCD band were accepted into the prestigious concert band, orchestra and flute choir at the Neighborhood Music School through a rigorous audition process membership.
- 15 JCD student musicians, an unprecedented number, through a highly selected audition process paneled by music teachers from across the state of Connecticut, participated in the CMEA Southern Region Festival February 26 – 27, 2010.
- Three band members have been invited to compete in the Yale-New Haven Solo Competition on May 8, 2010. Last year, two JCD student musicians were award winners in the same competition.
The JCD Music Program continues to grow and improve with many younger students looking forward to the day they can be members of this band. With support from teachers, parents and the community, those students’ hopes and dreams will become a reality.
The suggested donation for adults is $5; children are free. To reserve your tickets, please contact John Miller at 203-623-8691 or send an email.