jazz band from CCHS will perform for the community | News

The jazz band from Christian County High School will have a special performance tonight at the Alhambra Theater.

The group was recently selected to attend the 2022 Kentucky Music Educators Association Conference at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville.

This performance will take place on Thursday, but tonight in Hopkinsville, CHHS students will perform a community performance as a send-off for student musicians. The show will start at 6:30 p.m. and will cost $5 per customer at the door.

“The students have worked very hard for this opportunity and are eager to show off their talents to the community,” said Anthony Darnall, Director of Groups at CCHS. “They deserve a celebration for their hard work.”

The Colonels are the only high school jazz band selected through a statewide audition process to perform at the conference.

The community show will feature two guest soloists: Murray State Director of Jazz Studies, Dr. Todd Hill, and Bethel University Groups Director, Dr. Derek Jones.

At the Louisville conference, the jazz band will be joined by world-renowned trombone soloist, Harry Watters.

This is only the fourth year for the current iteration of the Christian County High School jazz band. The school had a jazz band several years before, but Darnall has only revived the concept in recent years.

“I think it’s important for kids to be exposed to multiple genders and that’s one genre kids need to know about,” Darnall said.

There are about 30 student musicians in the band in total, and two seniors have been in the jazz band for four years. These students are Aaron Cushenberry and Levi Mitchell.

The Christian County High School Jazz Band is sponsored by Planters Bank, Music Central, XO Brass, Sinking Fork Christian Church, and Michael and Crystal Pettit.

For more information, visit kmea.org or follow the group on Facebook at @ColonelBand.

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Henry R. Wright