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With the outdoor temperature breaking into the low 20s on Wednesday (April 14), the courtyard setting was beyond perfect for a noon-hour concert by South Kamloops secondary band students — bringing live music performances back to the school for the first time since the pandemic began.
Under the able direction of teacher Michelle McRae, the jazz band and a saxophone quartet brought to life band standards such as Herbie Hancock’s Chameleon, Henry Mancini’s Pink Panther Theme and Weather Report’s Birdland.
For good measure, the jazz band performed the rock classic Shake, Rattle and Roll, made popular by artists like Bill Haley & His Comets.
It was a performance that had students and teachers alike clapping along during the instrumental solos.
Every member of the audience was wearing masks and social distancing, but you could sense that underneath the cover of each face covering, smiles were spreading wider as band members found their groove and hit all the right notes.
The smiles of satisfaction on the faces of bandmates after finishing each song was evidence they, too, had been longing to play live once again.
For a musician, that is what it’s all about.