Welcome to the Headmaster's Blog where you'll find updates, thoughts, and events regarding Saint David's School, the education of boys, and other items of interest. This is by no means meant to be a complete account of all that happens at Saint David's. Please refer to the school's website for more complete details -- it's more a Headmaster's musings.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Lionel Hampton Jazz Band Session with Sixth Graders

The legendary Lionel Hampton Band visited with our sixth grade today, treating the boys to a wonderful session on jazz.

The band played several pieces including "When the Saints Go Marching In" and their famous "Flying Home." They also led a discussion about the evolution of jazz in America, from the dance oriented swing bands of Glenn Miller to the Be-Bop of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker.

This year our sixth grade boys engage in an in-depth interdisciplinary study of twentieth century America, looking at it from a kaleidoscope of perspectives that includes history, poetry, and of course, music.  Today's session gave them a taste of live jazz played by masterful musicians.

Below is a clip of the band playing Charlie Parker's "Laird Baird."

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