BHS jazz ensembles to bring 'Unforgettable' Flood of Jazz

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BROOKINGS – For the first time in their 10 years of presenting “Flood of Jazz,” the Brookings High School music department’s jazz ensembles will offer the entire community an opportunity to enjoy the performance “Unforgettable” via a livestream on the Bobcats Live YouTube channel. 

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, the performance will reach far beyond the walls of the traditional BHS performance spaces to allow for community and unlimited viewing.

“It’s a most unusual year in so many years, and while the goal of ‘Flood of Jazz’ was always to take the student performers out of their traditional high school performance venues,” BHS Band Director, Ron Stary explained. “With the focus on health and safety for our students and audiences … this year, we are actually flipping the event. The students will be performing at the high school for a very reduced ‘live studio’ audience of family members, and the livestreaming audience can be wherever they are watching as a ‘home television’ audience.”

The Flood of Jazz 90-minute show features more than 70 BHS music students in three vocal jazz ensembles – Swing Republic, Nothin’ But Treble, and Smooth Spectrum, the BHS Jazz Band, and a select group of string players dubbed “Strings Attached.” This year’s performance focuses on music of the 1950s and early ’60s and all familiar songs.  Designed to remind the audience of the early ’50s television variety shows and shows like “The Frank Sinatra Show” or the “The Jerry Lewis Show,” Flood of Jazz 2021 will be emceed by local celebrities Stuart Melby and Ricky Ganci.

While the home-streaming audience will have the benefit of watching the show from the comfort of their sofa or easy chair, the students and audience will be performing and moving between two main venues at the high school.  

“We know that we need to let the rooms breathe between the sets, so we are starting in the BHS Commons, moving the audience to Bell Auditorium, and then finishing with the finale back in the Commons,” BHS Choir Director Denise Perry said. “We are excited to see how it all comes together with the students, the lighting, sound, decorations … and we really hope the community joins us on the livestream to enjoy the performance.”

For the computer and social media savvy in the community, they can look to Facebook and search “Flood of Jazz-Brookings High School” to see early photos of the seniors, which Melby Photography did a month ago to show not only the talent but the class and style of the students in an Old Hollywood glamour photo shoot, plus early videos of interviews with students and directors to give a preview of what to expect.

The community of Brookings is also asked to consider supporting and helping offset expenses of the event by making a tax-deductible donation through the Brookings Arts Council website, where Flood of Jazz is featured at https://www.brookingsartscouncil.org/flood-of-jazz-brookings-high-school.  

Flood of Jazz will livestream at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the YouTube Bobcats Live channel (https://tinyurl.com/BHSJazz21) and is expected to be a 90-minute show. The link can be found either on Facebook via the Flood of Jazz- Brookings High School page or directly on YouTube Bobcats Live.

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