Members of the high school jazz band gave a special performance to the Lower School student body in the Multi-Purpose Room on February 1. Sitting entranced on the floor, students in pre-nursery through grade 5 listened to the professional sounds of seniors Clark Hamilton on guitar, Sam Kramer on piano, Ben Stein on alto sax, Jack Kim on drums, and vocalist Sofia Kriger, whose sultry voice invokes a maturity far beyond her years.
The group performed “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Unforgettable,” and “Ornithology.” In between sets, they talked about their recently completed Senior Projects. Many of the Lower School students had never heard of the Senior Project and were excited to learn more about the culminating experiences that Ross seniors plan and carry out in their final year at the School.
Clark built a plate reverb unit after the style of the EMT 140s used in the audio recording studios of the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s. Sam explored the art of falconry, catching a red-tailed hawk and training it to go hunting with him. Ben learned 3D design for video games and animated movies. Sofia created an EP album featuring four original songs that she wrote, composed, orchestrated, and sang. And Jack expressed his memories through various forms of art. At the end of the presentation, the band jammed one last time as the students filed out of the room and back to their classrooms.
“Overall, I think they enjoyed it,” said Ben of the presentation. Sam agreed, adding, “Some of the kids were definitely inspired by the music.”
The jazz band will perform at the High School Winter Concert on Thursday, February 7, in the Court Theater.