Concert to benefit Magnolia jazz band |

Concert to benefit Magnolia jazz band

The Magnolia Intermediate School Rattler Jazz Band will present the 11th annual Tasty Jazz Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Main Gym at Magnolia Intermediate School, 22431 Kingston Lane, in South Nevada County. The Rattler Jazz Band is an audition-only performance group made up of 18 talented and dedicated sixth, seventh and eighth-graders. The students gather before classes three mornings a week to prepare for various performances and competitions. They are under the direction of Phil Richardson. The evening of music will highlight several famous and familiar jazz classics along with new tunes for 2012-13 season. Dessert and beverages will be served at intermission. Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $5 for students and a table of 10 is $50. Ticket price includes desserts.

Guest artist during the evening’s performance will be local musician Ludi Hendricks. Classically trained on piano and trombone, Hendricks started playing professionally at age 16. He has backed numerous jazz and blues artists. In several sessions with the Rattler Jazz Band, Hendricks has shared his improvising and composing skills with the young musicians.

Accompanying Hendricks will be fellow musicians, Stan Johnson on flute and saxes and Tom Hannickel on bass, vocals and bass trombone. Multi-instrumentalist Stan Johnson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in music at the University of Nebraska and a Master’s Degree in music at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago. He taught high school band and orchestra for 33 years and retired six years ago.

He teaches all woodwind and brass instruments, including flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, trombone, baritone, and tuba. He is currently performing with the new rock band BRP (Black Rock Project) from Fairfield, the Latin band, Sapo Gupo from Vacaville, and Rocky and the Revellettes from Sacramento. He also performs with his own jazz band the John Stanson Band and rock group J. Harrison B.

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