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Saturday Night Swing features newly formed jazz band

CHS jazz band performing

The Crawfordsville band department recently kicked off a new tradition called Saturday Night Swing and there are plans to make it an annual event with new features.

Saturday Night Swing showcased the music from the CHS Jazz Band and the CMS Combo Group. Guests were invited to pick up dinner and bring it along to the commons area at Crawfordsville High School and listen to both groups. Director Jon Tebbe said space in front of the band was available for dancing for anyone who desired.

Tebbe said this evening was to highlight the newly formed jazz group, which was just developed over the last year. He planned to use CHS commons area as the performance space to simulate jazz music’s roots being performed in settings other than auditoriums and concert halls throughout the cities of New Orleans, Kansas City, and Harlem.

He would like to grow the event and add more high school jazz bands. Guests could then listen to a variety of school jazz bands with the possibility of a main performance headliner. He hopes even to offer a dinner option to round it out as a whole unique evening of music.

This year, Tebbe invited jazz bands from North Montgomery, Western Boone, Tipton, and Marian University, but they were unable to attend.
Now in its second year, the CHS jazz band has grown to 18 students.

“We have essentially a full big band, which is uncommon for schools our size and really speaks to the excitement that the students are bringing into the program,” Tebbe said.

The CMS combo group is in its first year and is offered through the After-The-Bell program for advanced and intermediate band students. It currently has four 7th graders.