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Students Jazz Up the Summer

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The high school’s performing arts center was transformed to the time of the Roaring ‘20s, as students showcased this year’s “Jazz It Up” theme for the district’s annual Summer Academy of the Arts. 

The performances were a culmination of music and art-related instruction that took place during the month of July. Students in grades 4-8 expanded their artistic knowledge and skills in band, chorus, orchestra, theater, dance, visual arts and technology, with help from grade 9-12 interns. Featured ensembles included orchestra, band, ukulele, mariachi, chorus, cardio drumming, and musical theatre/dance collaboration. 

During the performance, media and visual arts were displayed in the main lobby. For visual arts, they utilized the art elements to create unique jazz-related images and collaborated to create cubist-inspired instruments and the juke box. Media students created short stories on a day in the life of a jazz instrument and used sound, motion, graphics and text through computer programming to animate these stories.