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Lab Band performs at Arts and Jazz

"It’s awesome that tons of people get to see us at jazz fest playing things that are amazing and funky,” junior Jason Jezek said.

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Denton’s Arts and Jazz Festival is famous for having the best bands and performers in Denton every year. Each year, Denton High is lucky enough to have their Jazz Band and Fillies Dance team perform. Junior Jason Jezek has performed with the jazz band for the past two years.

“It’s a privilege,” Jezek said. ”It’s a great experience because we know that not that many people get to play at it and it’s a huge thing for the community to come watch us.”

Not many jazz buffs squander at a high school jazz concert, but at arts and jazz fest everyone is respected, even the high school level bands.

“You get a lot of recognition,” Jezek said. “It’s awesome that tons of people get to see us at jazz fest playing things that are amazing and funky.”

Jazz band begins rehearsals for jazz fest as soon as the year kicks off.

Junior Jason Jezek is seen rocking out for the second consecutive year at the Arts and Jazz festival.

Junior Jason Jezek is seen rocking out for the second consecutive year at the Arts and Jazz festival.

Performing at jazz fest is extremely meaningful to the majority of the jazz band, everyone loves jazz fest.

“The songs we played at jazz fest were an accumulation of all of our best songs from throughout the year,” Jezek said. “We usually choose about 5 or 6 charts to play every year.”

“I really look forward to arts and jazz each year,” Jezek said. “I know that if my family or friends can’t come to my concerts, they’ll be at jazz fest.”

Lab band one played this past Saturday. Director Jesse Woolery was beyond prepared.

“We prepared with constant consistent rehearsing,” Woolery said. “I always select what we’re going to sound good with on that day to play.”

Woolery tries to choose songs to play that he knows the band will enjoy playing.

“If you try to ram a piece down a bands throat then sometimes they just can’t get it together,” Woolery said. “Sometimes the piece is beneath them and they get burnt out on it.”

I really look forward to arts and jazz each year. I know that if my family or friends can’t come to my concerts, they’ll be at jazz fest,”

— junior Jason Jezek

This year, all three jazz bands played at the festival

“This was a special year,” Woolery said. “We were really lucky, most schools don’t even have three jazz bands.”

Jazz band started from the bottom, now they’re here.

“At one time, jazz fest was the biggest thing for us. Jazz fest was our foundation that we built off of, our starting place. Now, it’s just the icing on the cake.”

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