Nat leads our weekly Beyond Jazz Ensemble to new heights exploring compositions by artist such as Dave Holland, Pat Metheny, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane and Allan Holdsworth. We explore the complex chord changes, odd times, polyrhythms, and free jazz of these great artists. This ensemble gives the students a chance to stretch out over music not common among student jazz bands. By understanding the students' roots in popular and rock music, we use these artists to bridge the gap to more challenging music.
These talented students have performed at Merrimac's Old Home Days and numerous concerts at The Governor's Academy in Byfield.