By Jen Corrigan
SOLON– Jazz legends like Glenn Miller and Ella Fitzgerald ain’t got nothin’ on the students involved in the Solon jazz program. The high school jazz bands and ensembles hosted Jazz at the Commons Sunday, March 30, an evening filled with food, fun, and music as each band and vocal group performed selections from their competition repertoire.
John Radenbaugh, a junior and guitar player for “Blame It On Our Youth,” has been involved in the program for three years. He enjoys the relaxed atmosphere of at home concerts, but prefers the excitement of competitions.
“You get more nervous,” said Radenbaugh. “But the high energy really propels (you). It gives me a little more energy to try something new.”
Logan Chaloupka, also a junior and three-year veteran of the program, sings in 5th Street Jazz. He indicated his positive opinion of the program’s events and trips to competitions.
“It’s just a lot of fun. I’m with people who are like-minded and enjoy what we do. It has a really high pay off,” he said.
The jazz program is entirely funded by financial support from parents and the community. Those interested in donating time or money to the program can contact high school vocal music director, Joel Foreman, at firstname.lastname@example.org  or high school instrumental music director, Desmond Cervantez, at email@example.com .