June 12, 2018—Friday June 8, the High School East band held its second annual East-side Band Festival, which included 374 students from HSE and its feeder schools, and surpassed last year’s participation by 100 kids. Previously that week, Wednesday June 6, the band participated in the Super Jazz concert at High School North. Al Chez, a professional trumpet player who has played with Bon Jovi, Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie and many other famous musicians, performed a clinic with all three high schools that culminated in a “super band” performance to close out the evening. Students, teachers, and families report Mr. Chez—who was a member of the Late Show band for more than 15 years—was easily the best clinician who has ever worked with band students. All in all, a busy and inspirational week for HSE, HSN, and HSS band members. Additional photos below.

East-side Band Festival
More than 370 students from High School East and its feeder schools filled the HSE gym for the second annual East-side Band Festival June 8.

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Trumpeter Al Chez wowed the crowd with a clinic for all high school band students during the Super Jazz concert June 6 at High School North.

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High School East's band poses with Al Chez after a successful and inspirational Super Jazz concert. The night concluded with Chez leading a "super band" performance of all three high schools.

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