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Jazz Studies at MPMS

The Jazz Band at Mt. Pleasant Middle School performed for the Livingston Board of Education at the March 10 meeting at the school. For the sixth graders, this was the first time playing jazz before an audience, selecting "Blues in the Closet" by Oscar Pettiford for their debut. The ensemble is directed by Stafford Horne, who taught the classic tune by ear. Students traded solos, with Gene Lu on clarinet; Ryan Lee, violin; Andrew Chen, piano; and Preston Xu on trumpet.