Jazz is a little bit rebellious — at least according to Nate Herring, a physics major from Grimes who plays the sax. “It’s extremely expressive,” he says. “There’s an emphasis on improv and creativity.”
That sense of play could explain why this auditioned 20-piece band is always the life of the party. “It’s so much fun to be a part of the group and to get to know the people,” says Kylie Sampson, an elementary education major from Story City. One of her favorite memories was the band’s tour to Chicago. Herring’s favorite tour was in Merida, Mexico. “We got to touch people from a different culture with our music,” he says.
Director Gabriel Espinosa, associate professor of music, says the band has a great time wherever they perform. Don’t let the good times fool you, though. Jazz band challenges its members musically, pushing them to experiment and stretch their abilities.