Last spring the DGN Jazz Ensemble was honored with an invitation to perform this coming January (2014) at the Illinois Music Education Conference in Peoria. Students continue their work in preparing music for that important performance, and tonight the band welcomed DGS Fine Arts Department Chairperson, and trombonist, Glenn Williams as a guest jazz mentor. Mr. Williams is the second of seven guest-conductors who have agreed to serve as mentors to the band leading up to the January 23rd performance.
Mr. Williams' work with the ensemble tonight was not only educationally insightful, but musically inspiring. Every student in the ensemble benefitted tonight from Mr. Williams' perspective and passion for jazz literature.
Mr. Williams has been tapped to guest-conduct the Illinois All-State Jazz Ensemble this year, and will lead Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp International Jazz Band on a tour of Europe this summer.
Thank you, Mr. Williams, for "crossing the tracks" and inspiring us with a great night of music making and learning!