By Faire Davidson and Lesley Whitaker
The Jazz Explorersâ performance at the Convocation ceremony this morning was the groupâs second performance in two months.
The Jazz Explorers attended the 30th annual Lotus Festival on July 13 in Echo Park.
The three-day festival opened with the Twilight Jazz Concert, which the group performed in, and continued with fireworks over Echo Park Lake later that night.
The group played two Latin songsÂ along with a variety of jazz standards. The only school-affiliated group at the festival, the Jazz Explorers played for approximately 40 minutes.
The trip was organized by jazz teacher Shawn Costantino in June and seniors Ian Sprague â08 andÂ Ian Stanton â08 were joined by new additions to the group Leland Cox â09, Charlie Fogarty â10, Billy Goulston â08 and Gordon Wintrob â08.
âIt took a lot of adjustment,â said Cox. âWe had to find a new dynamic.â
Practicing at the studentsâ homes and at school, the players were âhesitant to participate during the summer but did only because of a potential lack of rehearsal time,â Costantino said.
Despite little time allotted for rehearsal, the group âperformed well playing with new members,â Sprague said.
This is the first year for new orchestra teacher William McClain after Paul Luddenâs departure at the end of last year. Because of McClainâs lack of experience with the convocation, Costantino offered the Jazz Explorers to perform instead of the orchestra.
The Jazz Explorers played two songs at the ceremony, and performed from 7:50 a.m. to 8:10 a.m.