Spain Park jazz band holds performance for Black History Month

HOOVER – Jazz music from legends like Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald filled the Spain Park High School library on Feb. 24 as the Shades of Blue Jazz Band performed in honor of Black History Month. The band played a variety of well-known songs, including “It Don’t Mean a Thing” and “I’ve Got You Under [...]

Retired Fort Atkinson band director inducted into Marching Band Hall of Fame

Tom Cook, retired Fort Atkinson High School band director, has been selected as the 2020 inductee into the Wisconsin State Music Association’s Marching Band Hall of Fame. The honor comes after several decades of involvement in marching band and other musical leadership across the state and beyond, during which time Cook transformed the Fort Atkinson [...]

Local jazz musician to release debut album

LONGMEADOW, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- Longmeadow native and an international jazz competition finalist Hailey Brinnel is now adding bandleader to her resume. She’s releasing her first jazz album this week. Brinnel, 25, is dreaming dreams. Originally from Longmeadow, the trombonist and vocalist now lives in Philadelphia. She has performed at prestigious venues around the world, including [...]

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