The Trail/Castlegar Registered Music Teachers’ Branch recently held “A Celebration of Jazz Music” weekend, with adjudicator, Hugh Parsons of Kelowna. The weekend began with a festival featuring 30 piano students on Friday, November 18th. The celebration continued with a Saturday morning workshop on Jazz music and improvising from lead sheets; followed by a Concert Saturday evening.
The Saturday evening Jazz Concert began with Hugh Parsons performing jazz music on the piano, with local Michael Gifford collaborating on double bass. The music was spectacular! After this, local piano students, who had been selected by the adjudicator, performed their pieces that they had played in the festival on Friday. The evening concluded with local students receiving Branch awards for the highest practical and theoretical marks in their respective exams.