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Young musicians play swing music in the park at HCC

May 20, 2007|By TAMELA BAKER

What could be better than a little jazz on a breezy afternoon?

Young musicians from Washington County Public Schools treated a small gathering to several hours of swing tunes old and new on Saturday during the Swingin' in the Park Jazz Festival at Hagerstown Community College's Alumni Amphitheater.

Jazz bands from seven county schools were scheduled to perform, and their selections ranged from pieces tinged with a little rock 'n' roll (Chicago's "25 or Six to Four") to music from jazz legends such as Miles Davis.

Students from Northern Middle School in Hagerstown, for example, played music that ran the gamut from "Louie, Louie" (relax, parents ... nobody sang the lyrics) to Duke Ellington's classic "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing).

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A few teachers made guest appearances with the students, and midway through the concert - and after only one rehearsal - faculty members from both Washington County and Frederick County schools played a set for the audience.

The concert began with music from Boonsboro, E. Russell Hicks, Western Heights and Northern middle schools. High school musicians from Boonsboro, North Hagerstown and Smithsburg planned to take the stage for the closing sets.

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