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Learn About Jazz

By Martha Stoddard
& T.H. Johnson
Duck University Site Coordinator

Silver Leaf Jazz Band
JAZZ CLASS: The Silver Leaf Jazz Band of Austin performs for students at Duck University

Duck University students at Pasemann Elementary and at T.H. Johnson Elementary schools took a musical trip back in time recently, courtesy of the Silver Leaf Jazz Band of Austin.

Members of the band shared a glimpse into the history of jazz, then played six tunes.

Members of the band were Larmon Maddox on cornet, Jim Ivy on clarinet, John Gill on banjo, Bob Alexius on bass and Dave Stoddard on trombone.

Stoddard told students that jazz began around the turn of the 20th Century in New Orleans. It is an American music which contains many influences, including African rhythms and work chants, hymns and spirituals, marches, dance tunes and ragtime.

When players were introduced, each musician played and described his instrument for students. Between musical selections, Stoddard explained techniques players were using.

Girls and boys, parents, teachers and other school personnel, who were lured by the sounds, enjoyed the concerts. In fact, at the conclusion of the performance at T.H. Johnson, audience calls for "More, more!" prompted the band to play one more song.

Students agreed this was one program that enriched their hearts and minds as well as their hands and feet.