Blue Jay Band Delivers the Most Wonderful Sounds of the Year
On Saturday, Dec. 14, the Music Department of Jesuit High School presented An Evening of Christmas Magic. A near capacity crowd filled the auditorium and enjoyed sounds of the season by the Jesuit Concert Band and the Jesuit Jazz Band, as well as the concert’s immersive special effects. A new feature of the 2019 Christmas Concert was the Barbershop Blue Jays, who performed at the start of the show.
Under the direction of Mr. Joseph Caluda ’79, the concert band then took the stage to play a five-song set of holiday classics like Holiday Piece, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, Merry Christmas Darling, The Bells of Christmas, and Wizards in Winter.
To the delight of the audience, auditorium manager and special effects guru Mr. D.J. Galiano ’07 orchestrated a light show that synchronized with each song. Merry Christmas Darling wowed the crowd as video projections appeared behind the concert band. Especially exciting was the dazzling display during the band’s rendition of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Wizards in Winter, as laser lights beamed across the stage and snow fell from the ceiling. Additionally, three senior soloists were highlighted for their amazing talents—Dale Lindsey (Tenor Saxophone), James Kessler (Trombone), and Lloyd Passafume (Vocalist, Alto Saxophone).
Viewers were also able to enjoy the concert from the comfort of their homes as it was once again live-streamed on YouTube.
The Jesuit Jazz Band, under the direction of Mr. Jason Giaccone, closed the evening with an array of songs. Giaccone led the band through a set that included fan favorites Moon Dance, Big Band Holiday, New York, New York, and All I Want for Christmas Is You. Not only did snow fall during the last performance of All I Want for Christmas Is You, but fans in the crowd were encouraged to sing along. And they did just that!
The Christmas Spirit was literally in the air as the evening came to a close. The success of the evening came with great support from many listed in the concert program, as well as these students who assisted both technically and organizationally: Hunter Richardson, Dominic Senentz, Michael Melancon, Siggy Marsiglia, Parker Serio, Joel Guerra, Tripp Haddad, and Trey Melito. Go Blue Jays!