The Salmon Arm Secondary jazz combo, known as ‘Five Shades of Gray’ and consisting of Gray Simms, Madeline Wiebe, Matt Burke, Luke Rivette and Carson de Vries, performed a selection of jazz tunes at the first meeting of the new school board Nov. 20, before speaking about their invitation to a national music festival in Ottawa in 2019. (Jodi Brak/Salmon Arm Observer)

Salmon Arm students hope to perform at national music festival

Five Shades of Gray is looking for paying gigs to fundraise travel costs

A tight performance from a jazz ensemble might not have been what people expected when coming to the first meeting of the new School District 83 trustees on Nov. 20 in Salmon Arm, but soon after the session commenced the rhythmic beats and subtle lead notes of five talented student musicians had the audience spellbound.

The Salmon Arm Secondary Jazz Combo – known as Five Shades of Gray, and consisting of Gray Simms, Madeline Wiebe, Matt Burke, Luke Rivette and Carson de Vries – performed two numbers at the board meeting. This talented combination has qualified to take part in a national music festival in Ottawa in May, and they are looking for a little help getting there.

Related: Music teacher Brian Pratt-Johnson honoured in special concert

Ensemble lead Gray Simms explained during the performance that the group was invited to perform at the festival last year, but received the invite at the last minute and decided to take a rain-check, raise funds and take the stage at MusicFest Canada in 2019.

To that end, the group took the opportunity at the Nov. 20 meeting to offer up their services as a stellar addition to any holiday parties, birthday parties, family gatherings or other events that could use some talented instrumentalists to set the soundscape. They are also interested in joining with other fundraising events as an entertainment offering, splitting the proceeds with the charity.

Board chair Marianne VanBuskirk thanked the students for sharing their incredible talent, saying, “We really appreciate you taking time to come here. This was a high quality performance and it is clear why you’ve been invited to take part in MusicFest Canada.”

Related: Changes cause discord over school music program

The SAS Jazz Combo, Five Shades of Gray, can be reached at sas.jazz.combo@gmail.com to inquire about bookings and fundraising opportunities.


 

@Jodi_Brak117
jodi.brak@saobserver.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Okanagan and Shuswap blossom at Communities in Bloom awards

District of Sicamous, City of Armstrong double winners at B.C. awards gala; Lumby also a winner

Internet speed testing implemented in the CSRD

Test results will be tracked to find areas where improvement is needed.

Sicamous Eagles lose two on the road

Despite late offensive surges, the Sicamous squad came up short in Spokane and the Beaver Valley.

What financial commitments do you want from candidates running for prime minister?

As the federal election quickly approaches, the Observer took to the streets… Continue reading

In photos: Magician entertains in downtown Salmon Arm

Children of Salmon Arm were treated to the wonders of magician Leif… Continue reading

VIDEO: A moment to remember during the World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor Championship in B.C.

Diego Hernandez Valenzuela’s team lost, but he felt like a winner Saturday

B.C. Lions hype-man marks 15 years of cheers

Crazy P cheers, chants, bangs his drum and spreads a message of love

Former South Okanagan resident found dead in Alberta

Candace Deleeuw was reported missing Sept. 16

PHOTOS: Steller sea lion with plastic around neck rescued on Vancouver Island

Rescue staff determined the plastic band cut the protected animal’s neck approximately two inches

B.C. VIEWS: School officials join fact-free ‘climate strike’

Students, public get distorted picture of greenhouse gases

Latimer surveyed much of Summerland

Civil engineer was also responsible of community’s irrigation system

Caught on Camera: Boat catches fire at Okanagan marina

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time, no injuries were reported as a result of the blaze

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

B.C. woman photographs massive ant swarm on Abbotsford driveway

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

Most Read