HAPCO was proud to be a supporting partner of Evans High School’s “Mosaic: The Art of Collaboration,” a live event showcasing their jazz band (directed by Mario Ford), theatre department and Trojan Singers choir. The free concert was also supported by Central Florida Community Arts and Enzian Theater.
The jazz band showed off their hard work from HAPCO’s Jazz Master Class, made possible with funding assistance by United Arts. This school year, Dr. Otto Gomez, professor at Orlando School of Music, taught the students twice a week, in addition to their regular band program. They worked to improve their performance skills in full ensemble rehearsals, sectionals and combo workshops. They also studied theory, jazz history and improvisation training. United Arts also provided funding assistance for master classes for the theatre department and choir.
HAPCO’s Jazz Master Class series emphasizes both solo and ensemble work and MPA participation. Goals are improved musical and improvisation skills, to promote a sense of accomplishment, self-esteem and interest in secondary education. It focuses upon jazz to generate an increased interest level of participating students as well as attract new students to the music program.