Welcoming The Arts: Jazz Band

Video by William Keve and the students at the High School of Commerce

Reflection by William Keve

I loved working on this piece. They jazz band met with me beforehand and invited me to all of their shows. The one in Union Station was incredible. The kids were electric. People coming in to the building stopped and listened. 

The story developed after our community journalism class accidentally walked in on a dress rehearsal a few days before the concert. We always meet in the auditorium on Wednesdays before class, and they just happened to be performing. We were all stunned by how professional they sounded, so I followed up with the band director and drove back down with Brian on the following Friday and filmed their concert. I also want to thank the Commerce High School band for providing great access for the story, and to the media lab team for helping me get to and from Springfield.