Arts and Entertainment

Creating music on and off the stage

Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble - Contributed photo
Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble
— image credit: Contributed photo

By Dean Jacobsen

Special to the Islands’ Weekly

On Saturday, Oct. 8 at 2:30 p.m. the Garfield High School Jazz Ensemble with Director Clarence Acox, returns to Woodmen Hall for their fourth annual performance.

This appearance is to raise money in support of my wife Carolyn’s and my effort to enhance elementary, middle and high school music.

On it’s past European tours the band has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland, Jazz a Vienne, France, The North Sea Jazz Festival, Netherlands, festivals in Italy and more.

For two of Garfield’s past three visits to Lopez, we heard the bands that took first place in Wynton Marsalis’ Essentially Ellington competition at the Lincoln Center in New York. 2008 (1st) 2009 (2nd), 2010 (1st).

Acox believes that music is an essential life experience for all students. He has been to Lopez School for clinics, bringing the regions top professionals. You can see and listen to his past activities here at

Many exciting things are happening with music this school year. Instruments will be gifted by the Foundation to each fourth grade student on Oct. 17.

An Aide is being provided by the Foundation to assist Ann Marie Fischer and Lisa Geddes with their enthusiastic students. Lessons and guidance to individual students will be provided.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus

Read the Oct 18
Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Browse the archives.

Friends to Follow

View All Updates