Learning all about Jazz

The Pender Harbour Community Hall was alive with Jazz on Friday afternoon as Scott Robertson’s Swing Patrol led students from Pender Harbour, Chatelech and Elphinstone Secondaries through a series of exercises designed to develop their skills and confidence as musicians. The students came with their instruments and after a brief intro number by Scott on drums, Ron Thompson on guitar, Brent Gubbels on bass, and Bonnie Northgraves on trumpet they explored blues progressions, swing, shuffle, and lots more. All the students had a chance to improvise and solo, though some took a bit of coaxing. They ended the afternoon with Tom Kellough from SD #46 leading his Jazz students in a couple of arrangements they had prepared, a way to say thank you to the musicians who had shared so much with them.