Where are you going to be able to find a jazz band and a drumline playing at the same concert? Unless you're at Tyler Junior College's upcoming Band'a'Palooza, probably nowhere.
On Oct. 5 and 6, the TJC Jazz Ensemble and the Apache Punch drumline will combine their musical talents for two full nights of singing, dancing and a whole lot of music.
“Then in the second act we swing more toward rock and funk and a lot of '70s disco in there, some Beatles tunes, Earth Wind & Fire, there's pretty much something for everyone,” Mrs. Mensch said. “In providing a jazz education, I always try to make sure (students) play a little bit of every style.”
This marks the debut of the event, which Mrs. Mensch said grew out of the ensemble's performances with Harmony & Understanding, the school's pops group. Mrs. Mensch felt the jazz ensembles was being held back in some ways by that particular collaboration, and so decided to play the role of mad scientist and fuse these somewhat disparate musical groups into one show.
“The administration gave us the go-ahead to let the band kids sing and dance and move around and show off all of their talents. This gives them a chance to let loose and relax,” she said.
And with the diverse setlist, it was also a chance, she said, to demonstrate to her jazz students just how varied a musician's life can be.
The Apache Punch drumline will be somewhat scaled back from its full force, but they will be used to provide some punchy punctuation between sets by the two jazz ensembles.
“You'll get a chance to have a closer look at what they do,” she said. “You'll get to see their personalities come out as they perform their medleys, and they sing as well.”
Band'a'Palooza will take place at 7:30 p.m. both nights in Wise Auditorium on the TJC Campus. Admission is free.