HAGERSTOWN -- Big band music filled City Park Saturday as area bands and choruses performed in the Peter Buys Band Shell during the annual Swingin' in the Park jazz festival.
This year's festival was the first time choruses joined the lineup of bands, said Gary Rupert, Smithsburg High School's band director and coordinator of the event.
David Adams, a Boonsboro High School sophomore, also planned to perform with North Hagerstown High School's jazz band Saturday. One of North's trombone players couldn't make it Saturday, so he was asked to step in, David said.
For David, jazz music is a "good way to relax" and allowed for more freedom and improvisation than typical concert music.