Schoolhouse Rock: Young People’s Concert May 11
By Gunnery Sgt. Amanda Simmons
| “The President’s Own” | May 06, 2014
May 6, 2014 --
Have you ever heard “The Stars and Stripes Forever” played in a swing style? Or wondered which American cities had the strongest influence on jazz? How about how rock and roll got started? At 2 p.m. Sunday, May 11, the Marine Jazz Orchestra will present a Young People’s Concert titled “Schoolhouse Rock and All That Jazz” at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria, Va. Through this interactive educational program, designed and conducted by Assistant Director Major Jason K. Fettig, the audience will learn how and when jazz was born, how it has changed, and how it has paved the way for popular music.
Throughout the program, the Marine Jazz Orchestra will walk the audience through the evolution of jazz by demonstrating pieces like Billy Strayhorn’s “Take the ‘A’ Train,” Scott Joplin’s Combination March and “The Entertainer,” Harold Arlen’s “Blues in the Night,” and James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good).” The program will also discuss the key players in the jazz genre, including Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker, and the musicians will demonstrate how to practice improvisation.
During the second half of the program the special elements of jazz will be brought to life through the infectious songs of “Schoolhouse Rock!” Classic swing, Dixieland, funk, and rock tunes from the famous children's television series are reimagined for jazz band, featuring the talents of the Marine Band vocalists. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind interactive concert that the whole family can enjoy together!
Young People’s concerts are an annual tradition with “The President’s Own.” The program is most appropriate for ages 8-12, but all ages, young and old, are welcome. The concert is free and no tickets are required. For complete program information, click here. Prior to the concert, a Marine String Quartet will present an educational program in the lobby of the Schlesinger Center at 1:15. An instrument petting zoo will take place in the lobby immediately following the event.