Jordan Sutherland / Staff reporter

The jazz programs had their sold out Jazz Gala on February 29. Students and professionals performed for a variety of guests such as school trustees, superintendents, and Coquitlam mayor Richard Stewart. An estimated $4,400 was raised from the silent auction which will go towards the music programs. 

Students and featured musicians received a special good luck message from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during intermission. “He just sends his well wishes and he wished he could attend and wished us well,” said Eddie Trovato, music program director. “I thought it was nice.”

Spotlighted students with solos in the gala included, Kayla Price grade 11, Agnes Huang, grade 12, Chelsea Rubin grade 12 and Jordan Sutherland grade 11. Several scat soloists were featured as well, including Jian Ross, grade 10, Jewel Epp, grade 10, Amanda Cabralda, grade 10, Daniel Persaud, grade 12, Kayla Hartley, grade 11, Sutherland, Rubin, and Price.

The professionals performing along with Trovato were 3 CityJazz. “It was amazing! Hearing Trovato play the drums after so long was so refreshing. Andrew Clark did amazing on the trombone,” described Evan Tseng, grade 11.

Jazz band vocal solos performed by Price and Sutherland were Come Fly with Me and Night and Day. “They were great! [Sutherland] has improved so much since a while ago and [Price] has always been amazing, so it was great to hear people getting solos they deserve,” Tseng commented.

For some of the student performers, this was their last jazz gala. “It being my first and last Jazz gala, I think it was a lot of fun,” said Persaud. “I got to scat in front of a lot of people for the first time and I enjoyed myself.”

Lastly, the gala featured a guest conductor Marquis Byrd, who will also appear in the Spring Concert coming up next week on March 11.