By Gloria Vanegas
From “Amazing Grace”to “Pirates of the Caribbean” students listened to a range of well-known selections when the Cal Poly Pomona Saxophone Ensembles performed in the Music Recital Hall on March 1.
Lori Huff, a lecturer at CPP’s Department of Music, directed the Saxophone Choir and Saxophone Quartet.
The Saxophone Ensembles began with the CPP Saxophone Quartet. The audience was greeted with “Amazing Grace” and the Recital Hall began to fill to capacity.
The Saxophone Quartet played four songs and ended with a solo jazz tenor saxophone performance before the Saxophone Choir began.
“I came because it was an extra credit, but I like saxophone, I like jazz music and I have gone to some before,” said Katt Ramirez, a second-year apparel merchandising and management student.
Ramirez expressed that the concert reminded her of her childhood.
“This concert was nice; it was interesting. It reminded me of Disneyland, and if that was their main theme, then they were really good,” said Ramirez.
The concert continued when the Saxophone Choir opened with “Carnival.” In contrast to the quartet, the five songs chosen by the choir varied in sound.
Although some students were not familiar with jazz music before attending the concert, many concertgoers left the Music Recital Hall wanting to hear more.
“I am not really too familiar with Saxophone, but I think that the different sounds a Saxophone can reach is great,” said Geneva Piepoli, a first-year civil engineering student.
“It was really good considering it was a free concert because people would pay to see this because I think it is that good. I think people would definitely pay to see this, and I would come again,” said Piepoli.
Students also expressed admiration for the ensembles’ song selections. ,
“When I saw the program, and I saw the last one was ‘Pirates of the Caribbean,’ I got excited,” said Milenka Serrano, a second-year engineering technology student.
After hearing the performance, Serrano was pleased.
“I really enjoyed it, and it was worth it. And as I predicted, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’was my favorite,” said Serrano.
This Saxophone Ensembles offered diversity in rhythm and sound.
A free jazz concert featuring the U.S. Army Ambassadors and CPP Jazz Band will be held on Wednesday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the University Theatre.
Jairo Pineda / The Poly Post
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