The Western Hemisphere Orchestra is one of our many ensembles here on campus, this one specifically focuses on jazz arrangements and composers.
Every four years, the Western Hemisphere Orchestra pays tribute to one of the great swing artists of the 50’s swing era. Count Basie won the first Grammy for Best Jazz Performance at the first Grammy awards ever! This year was the fifth year in the cycle, the delay due to a tribute concert for the passing of another great artist last year.
With this event being every four years, I’m grateful I found out about this my freshman year of college so I might be able to catch their next tribute concert my senior year!
I loved all the energy that came from the orchestra and their director, it made me want to get up and dance! The director did mention at one point that it was alright to get up and dance but no one else seemed to want to dance!
By Gabrielle Boyle