Hendersonville High School

The HHS jazz bands will give a free concert April 24 at The Streets of Indian Lake in the first-ever Nashville Youth Jazz Ensemble JazzFest.


Chris Seger, the director of the bands (HHS has two jazz bands – one that rehearses at 3:15 and the other at 4:15, twice a week), said he is excited that the bands will get to perform at the festival, which will run from 12:30 to 6:30.


Due to COVID-19, this will be the first time the young musicians are able to play for people besides parents.


“It will be the only performance any of our groups have done away from HHS this year,” Seger said. 


The two bands, each of which has about 20 members from all grade levels, will play four or five songs apiece. Admission to the concerts and to the entire festival is free.


Because of COVID, the HHS bands couldn’t start rehearsing until January.


Lauren Dodd, a sophomore trumpet player, said, “We are hoping people will show up and listen to some good music."


Matt Bailey, a freshman saxophone player, said he hopes to perform a solo during the concert.


“I think it is going to be really nice,” he said of show.


The HHS bands are not the only jazz bands performing at the festival. Beech, Ellis Middle, Gallatin, JP2, and Westmorland Middle will also play.


In addition to the area bands, there will be three other bands as well as three guest artists, one of them being John Fedchock, a well-known jazz trombonist who has been nominated for two Grammy Awards.


Seger suggests that anyone interested in good music should come and watch. Even if you don’t like jazz, you could still come and support HHS, the community, and the art of jazz.


Story by Jessi Wilson and Alexis Burneisen