Allegheny Jazz Band to Tour Local Schools

The Allegheny College Jazz Band will perform at several local schools on Monday, Dec. 5, including stops at Conneaut Lake Middle School, West End Elementary School and Second District Elementary School.

This outreach program from the Music Department at Allegheny College will feature performances of “Fantasy,” “Afro-Blue,” “What a Wonderful World,” “Rhapsody in Blue,” “Traces,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “Summertime,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” “Almost Like Being in Love,” “A String of Pearls,” “Beyond the Sea,” “Peter Gunn,” “25 or 6 to 4,” and “Silver Bells.”

The Jazz Band includes 28 students and is under the direction of Stephen F. Corsi.

“The intention behind the program is to reach out to school districts, in order to support and promote music education in their respective schools, encourage the students in those schools to participate in their school’s music programs, recognize and emphasize the significance of the fine arts in our schools, and to advocate for students and adults to be life long musicians, by showcasing and modeling the talents and performing abilities of our Jazz Band members,” Corsi said. “Further, it is a wonderful experience for our Jazz Band students to perform for students and staff in these schools, as they act as ambassadors of music.”

In recent years the Jazz Band also has visited Neason Hill Elementary School, Meadville Area Senior High School, Conneaut Area Senior High School and Seton Catholic School.