The Jazz Bands at Cave Spring high school have evolved into dominant performance ensembles. The diversity and artistry students gain from this class gives them access to performing different styles of music from big band to funk to rock and beyond. Students are also able to engage in soloing opportunities many are eager to experience. The Jazz band classes, yes, classes, are comprised of students in combined ensembles of upperclassmen working with new-comers. This is a wonderful component of our program and can be seen performing many times through out the school year.
Believed to be our most important contribution to our jazz program is our artist-in-residence opportunities. We bring in guest artists that are some of the top in their field and are considered "educator-musicians". These individuals bring experience and knowledge to our rehearsals and our students are able to perform along with these outstanding performers as they, the artists work with the bands and soloists for their upcoming concert.
Here are some of the artists we have had the pleasure to work with
Guest Soloists with the Cave Spring Jazz bands NEW!!! Upcoming for 2021 Jazz Cafe' Ariel Pocock, Pianist and Vocalist UNC-G
Tom McKenzie,Trombone, Harrisonburg, Va., Spring 2020 Jon Metzger, Vibraphone, Elon University, 2020 Willis Greenstreet, Saxophone and Guitar, Roanoke, Va., 2019 Joseph and Daniel Henson, Saxophone, Liberty Univ., North Texas State, 2019 John D'earth, Trumpet, University of Virginia, 2019 Greg Moody, Saxophone, Staunton, Va., 2018 Dr. Chris Magee, Trumpet, University of Lynchburg, 2018 Sherrie Maricle, Drummer, DIVA Jazz Ensemble 2018 Chris Vadala, Saxophone, University of Maryland 2017 Dr. Dayl Burnett, Trombone, Radford University, 2017 Rick Simerly, Trombone, Milligan College 2016 Brandon Lee, Trumpet, UNC Greensboro 2015 Chad Eby, Tenor, UNC Greensboro 2014 Jon Metzger, Vibraphone, Elon University 2013 Rick Simerly, Trombone, Milligan College 2012 Radford University Jazz faculty 2011 Keenan McKenzie's Jazz Quintet 2010 Roanoke Jazz Guest Artists 2009 David Wiley and friends, Roanoke Symphony, 2008 Radford University Jazz Ensemble 2007 Old Timers Jazz Ensemble 2006
Recently, members from the Airmen of Note came to Cave Spring for a clinic during their tour. Thank you for your time and insight. November 2018
John D'earth - Artist in Residence, Jazz Cafe' 2019
Sherrie Maricle - Artist in Residence, Jazz Cafe' 2018
THANK YOU Brian...it was a pleasure and joy, musically and personally! It would be an honor to return ANYTIME!
Artist in Residence 2017 Chris Vadala working with the band.
Chris Vadala passed away on January 17th, 2019. He was an amazing educator and musician! I was wishing to be able to work with him again, but it was not meant to be. What I am proud of is that he enjoyed his time with our bands and Jazz Cafe' event and requested us to contact him so he could participate again.
The students and audience were astounded at his ability and kindness. A truly poor way to begin 2019!
One incredible day!
A letter from Chris Vadala
Brian A succinct albeit sincere thank you for inviting me to participate on your Annual Jazz Cafe evening. Your attention to details on and off the stage and your genuine and generous hospitality was most appreciated. Your students did a terrific performance tonight, much to your credit. I would certainly entertain the prospect of returning to Roanoke to work with you in the future. Thank you again for a wonderful visit! Best Chris V