August 28 marks the eight-year anniversary of the Faculty Jazz Concerts
Here at Saddleback, but more so it serves as a reminder for the talent both
New and old in our teachers.
The Director of Jazz studies, Joey Sellers, joined the staff in 2002 and
Began the concerts, bringing together the other six members of the ensemble
Over the course of the past ten years.
Jerry Pinter, Ron Stout, Jamie Rosenn, Luther Hughes and Paul Johnson
Make up the other member of the group playing the saxophone, trumpet,
guitar, bass and drums respectively. Newcomer Ariel Alexander rounds out the
troupe at seven with the saxophone.
This school year is the first at Saddleback for Ariel Alexander, professor
of Music Appreciation, History of Rock and Popular Song Writing, but her
past in the realm of music is well known. She has preformed concerts with
Stevie Wonder, Ruben Studdard and the Steve Miller band as well as many
others, a very prestigious group to be counted among.
All skilled musicians in their own rights, together they put on this
amazing concert with only one rehearsal before their performance. When asked
Specifically how much practice goes into putting on this show, Joey Sellers
had this to say,”[We] are all seasoned veterans who are great teachers. The
skills we have worked on all of our lives individually make it possible for
us to have one brief rehearsal prior to the concert”.
“It’s amazing to see that amount of talent in a community college setting”
said Jacob Garcia, a student here at Saddleback, “Teachers who can
Accomplish that level of success, helps to inspire the students”.
So go and see the Jazz Faculty Concert, August 28 at 7 p.m. at the McKinney
Theater, 10$ general admission 7$ for students.