The jazz was swinging and the drums were banging Monday morning, as Flagler Palm Coast and Matanzas high school band students got instruction from members of professional music group Dallas Brass, at the Flagler Auditorium.
“It’s an opportunity for our students in Flagler County to work with a group of professional musicians so they see the benefits of being a music major,” said Marc Kolodinsky, Matanzas band director. “They also get to learn more about their craft and what they’re learning in their classes. It’s reinforcement. It’s the same things Mr. Seth and I are telling them, but it’s coming from someone in a professional stature.”
In the classes and clinics, Dallas Brass member Michael Levine stressed for the students to embrace the arts, learn to love music and make it part of their lives.
“We want them to see the joy, and not only the joy in playing music, but the joy of giving it to other people,” he said.
But the day of master classes and instruction was just the beginning for the aspiring student musicians.
In addition to learning from Dallas Brass, students from the FPC concert band, the Matanzas concert band and the Matanzas steel drum band will play on stage tonight with Dallas Brass, during their show at the Flagler Auditorium. Dallas Brass has become one of America’s foremost musical ensembles.
The group has established a blend of traditional brass instruments with a full complement of drums and percussion.
The Dallas Brass repertoire includes classical masterpieces, Dixieland, swing and Broadway. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and the coast is $29.