Yale Jazz Ensemble performs at “Jazz Under the Stars” benefit concert on April 12

The John C. Daniels School band

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.

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Published March 31, 2010
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John Miller ’07MM and students featured on WTNH-8

Picture 8John Miller ’07MM, manager of community programs at the Yale School of Music, and students from the John C. Daniels School in New Haven appeared on a Channel 8 news segment recently. Miller described the program, which began only two years ago and already involves almost 50 students. The program kicked off when the school received 36 instruments from the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. Other instruments, he said, came from teachers at the school and members of the community. The John C. Daniels band students are high achievers. In the 2008-09 academic year, they performed at over 30 concerts, and many of them also study at the Neighborhood Music School.

View the video of the band’s WTNH-8 appearance HERE.

Published December 23, 2009
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Yale harmonizes music and literacy in local schools

It is Tuesday morning at John C. Daniels Magnet School. Class is in session and the building is quiet, save for faint music echoing down the sunshine-flooded halls.

Inside the music auditorium, more than a dozen sixth-grade students perch in front of music stands, flutes, clarinets and trumpets in hand. Some play Brahams, others Christmas carols.

Music classes like this one are increasingly rare in American classrooms, as budget cuts continue to threaten the scope of public-school curricula. But here in the Elm City — in a school district plagued by limited funds and a shortage of teachers — a town-gown partnership has made music a priority. MORE

Published February 25, 2009
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Music program hits high notes

NEW HAVEN — Two weeks ago, fifth-grader Serena Santiago secured a coveted spot in the John C. Daniels School band.

With interest high and instruments limited, Santiago told band director John Miller she’d be dedicated to whatever he had for her.

The pitch worked. He handed her a trombone.

Serena now walks to school 45 minutes early and stays after for 90 minutes each day to practice, said her mother, Wendy Santiago. Then Serena practices again at home. MORE

Published February 18, 2009
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