The Wildcat Pride Band Department of Haven Schools will present “An Evening of Jazz” on Nov. 6.

The Haven band will be hosting the Wichita State University Faculty Jazz Quartet.

The evening will begin with the Haven Middle School Jazz Band. This group is comprised of Middle School Band members who voluntarily meet for 30 minutes every Tuesday. They learn the style of jazz, and how the history of jazz is so close to home.

“When I see our jazz band kids come into the room every Tuesday morning, excited to play their instruments, it is just another reminder that I have the best job in the world,” said band director Jayme Hayes.

Following the Middle School Jazz Band will be the Haven Jazz Cats, the high school jazz band. This group meets daily during the school day. They work on several different styles throughout the year with opportunities to compose music, work with jazz clinicians across the state, and perform for nationally recognized jazz artists.

Hayes this past summer contacted William Flynn, assistant professor of guitar and director of jazz studies at Wichita State. Flynn agreed to bring his Faculty Quartet to Haven. In addition to performing during the concert, they also will give our students a free masterclass before the concert that evening.

Students in both groups will spend 45 minutes with the college instructors as they learn about jazz, improvisation and growing as a musician.

“Jazz music is personal,” Hayes said. “It is the music that was born in America. One of the biggest Jazz Hubs was and still is, is Kansas City! So close to home, and our students are diving deep into the jazz world and loving it. Come out and listen to our wonderful student musicians as they share their love of music with you. Watching them perform along-side the pros is something you will not want to miss.”

Last year, Billie’s Bounce of Wichita shared the concert with the Haven Jazz Cats.

“That concert was the most inspirational and rewarding experiences of my teaching career,” Hayes said. “When I saw my students’ faces light up on stage as they played alongside the pros, I knew there was nothing that could top that.”