This past Thursday, May 5, the annual Loras Jazz on the Lawn Concert took place once again on the campus library quad. Finally given a clear spot of weather after failed attempts the past several years, the event was an impressive showcase of the efforts and abilities of the Loras College Jazz Band, featuring a notable assortment of pieces on saxophone, trumpet, keyboard, drums, trombone and vocals.
A wide array of music was performed, beginning with the classics like “Out of the Doghouse,” “Shiny Stockings,” “Orange Colored Sky,” “Georgia On My Mind,” “Feeling Good,” and “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square.” Also featured were ‘60s chart-toppers “I Want You Back” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Lesser-known and more contemporary pieces included “Arnge Drank” and “Beneath the Underdog.” They even performed Walk the Moon’s modern pop hit “Shut Up and Dance.”
Students and band members lending their talents to the concert this year included first-year Jillian Pohland, juniors Amelia Acompanado, Blake Hussey, Courtney Moeller, Jesse Anderson, Monique Loubert and Molly Davis, and seniors Alyssa Maty, Christian Stillings, Matthew Carter and Samuel Whan. They were directed by Dr. Glenn Pohland. As always, it was well-received by the Loras student community.
“It was very interesting on a musical level,” said sophomore Andrew Weber, longtime fan of the jazz genre. “It was a great way to widen our understanding of music and the greatness and fun that comes along with it.”
Having featured in the additional music concert this past Sunday, the Loras College Jazz Band will return next year for more exhibitions of swing, jazz, and rhythm and blues.