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Jazz band swings into Mavericks’

Jennifer Straub

Zach Waite, junior, Grace Rolofson, sophomore and Devin Dieckmann, junior all play their instruments along with the rest of the jazz band for the Missouri Mavericks Hockey game

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It was late afternoon, edging into a chilly Saturday evening when the LHS Jazz Band pulled up outside the Mavericks’ Stadium in Independence, Mo. on Feb. 21st. After unloading their equipment and being led to their performance venue inside the lobby by Maverick’s ushers, the band welcomed the hockey-goers with music.

“They played for 90 minutes straight, and sounded just as good at the end as they did at the beginning,” John Cisetti, LHS Band Director, said.

The band also entertained Mavs fans during the first intermission, mixing old and new upbeat hits, such as Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl” and Matchbox 20’s “How Far We’ve Come”. Michael Minister belted out “Cry Me a River”, which seemed to be a hit with the sea of cellphones pulled out to record them.

The Mavericks lost to the Rapid City Rush with only a single fist fight and a final score of 4-5, but the Jazz Band definitely won.

“We were very much appreciated. There were a lot of people stopping by, shaking my hand and saying how much they enjoyed the band,” Cisetti said.

The Mavericks’ mascot also enjoyed the band. Mac stopped by to fake-conduct songs with a pink inflatable crayon and pull fans in with him to dance. Band members struggled to keep in their laughter and continue playing, but succeeded in finishing the tune.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Brian Arnold, freshman, said. It’s his first year with the jazz band, but Arnold confirmed that he would definitely be returning to play trumpet with the group again next year.

“I like that we get to change it up a little bit with our venues,” Zach Waite, junior, said. “[Next year] it’ll be my senior year, hopefully the basketball team will go further so we get to play at more [games].”

The band will be competing at the Jazz Summit festival at Kansas City Community College this coming April.

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