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We’ve got rhythm! Jazz orchestras to play S-GI

SPRINGVILLE — The Springville Griffith-Institute High School’s Business of Music class is hosting the big band sounds of the Springville Jazz Orchestra and the S-GI High School Jazz Band on April 25 at 7 p.m. in the Lyle G. Palmer auditorium at the high school.

The Springville Jazz Orchestra specializes in music from the 1940s to the present, including sounds of Glenn Miller and Count Basie. There are 33 members in the orchestra, which is directed by Bill Cocca.

The S-GI High School Jazz Band will be opening the show, under the direction of Joseph Gervase. The jazz band consists of Calvin Gath, Robert Bofinger, Patrick Hannon, Tyler Kruse, James Shearer, Erik Hopkins, Matthew Krebs, Zachary Cudney, Emily Barger, Abby Roy, Emma McCarthy, Melissa Haberer, Dan Rothman, Hayden Goodridge, Deborah Gil, William Galley, Nate Sopko, Hailey Lines, Molly Stabell, Kayla Haberer, Elizabeth Chase, Lauren Manchester, Caroline Francisco, Gabrielle Hartman, Mikayla Black, Emily Pidsadnick, Jordan Dubay, Samuel Shepard, Levi VonIderstein and Brandon Sullivan.

Hopkins plays the trombone in the Jazz Band. “I like the inside jokes with Mr. Gervase and my friends,” Hopkins said, “And playing well is a really fun thing to do.” Gil, the piano player for the band said, “It’s really cool to know that some of the students in jazz band right now are going to grow into musicians you will see after. They’re a good example of how jazz musicians should be. We’re very fortunate in Springville to have a jazz band whose music is greatly influential and enjoyed by many.”

The Springville Jazz Orchestra formed in 2009 and has performed broadly in the Springville area. The group has performed at venues such as the Springville Oktoberfest, the Erie County Fair and have been featured as entertainment for numerous fundraisers, for local and regional civic organizations, including the Springville Relay for Life, Springville Community Foundation and the Springville Center for the Arts.

Tickets for the concert can be purchased online at, at Emerling Ford, Emerling Chrysler or at the door. Proceeds will benefit the S-GI High School Jazz Band and Future Business Leaders of America For more information, call 592-3289.

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