On Sunday, Nov. 9, Trinityâ€™s Jazz Ensemble will perform their annual fall concert. The performance will include 11 pieces featuring students from all academic years.
â€œWe had a lot of graduating seniors leave last semester, so we ended up having mostly newer students come in,â€ said Martin Roemisch, jazz ensemble director. â€œItâ€™s been challenging since we started off with only two alto saxophonists and a couple of trumpet players, but we were lucky to bring more people in as we went along.â€
The ensemble is nearly a complete jazz band, with full saxophone, trombone and rhythm sections; the band is only short two of the five trumpets present in a traditional jazz band. The size of the ensemble allows Roemisch to include a variety of music in the performance.
â€œI wanted to find something that accommodates older students so that they can continue to grow but also make it more appropriate for the younger ones,â€ Roemisch said. â€œThatâ€™s why I picked tunes that were more based out of earlier-style dance tunes and also some more challenging tunes.â€
The programâ€™s musical numbers will include some basic swing tunes, Cuban pieces, traditional pieces and even a ballad. Robby Herron, a junior, will be featured as a soloist in the ballad.
â€œItâ€™s of course really nerve-wracking going up in front of the entire ensemble and having them accompany me, but itâ€™s something that Iâ€™m really, really passionate about,â€ Herron said. â€œSo being confident in myself and in the rehearsals where weâ€™ve been practicing for this moment takes away some of the nerves.â€
The Jazz Ensemble members come from a variety of backgrounds, with majors that include molecular biology, neuroscience, French, engineering, computer science and psychology.
â€œI can only find time to practice with the band during rehearsals on Tuesdays and Thursdays,â€ said sophomore Charlie Stein. â€œFinding time to practice alone is a different matter. Thatâ€™s been most challenging, but the rehearsals have been pretty smooth.â€
The ensemble has been rehearsing every Tuesday and Thursday in the weeks leading up to the show, setting aside the time even with each studentâ€™s busy schedule.
â€œYou can see that there arenâ€™t many music majors in the band, but theyâ€™re still able to come together. They are obviously very smart individuals to even be at this school, so they pick up the information quickly and work together very well,â€ Roemisch said. â€œIâ€™m lucky to have them in the band, still pursuing their music even with such busy schedules.â€
Some studentsâ€”like Herronâ€”hold music minors, but many of the members are simply continuing with a hobby that they have enjoyed since middle school. Both Roemisch and his students share a passion for this unique style of music.
â€œIâ€™m just excited to get in there and have a blast. Itâ€™s my favorite type of music to play,â€ Herron said. â€œI know Iâ€™m not the only one whoâ€™s passionate about it. Weâ€™re all excited to perform on Sunday, so Iâ€™m really hoping everything turns out, and Iâ€™m sure it will.â€
The performance will take place at 3 p.m. on Nov. 9 in Ruth Taylor Recital Hall, lasting just less than two hours with an intermission.