Brassy sounds bounced off the walls of a packed Gaiser Hall around noontime Saturday during the 52nd annual Clark College Jazz Festival.
The college’s own jazz ensemble capped the morning’s AAA school performances, closing with a jazz standard: “I’m Getting Sentimental over You” by Tommy Dorsey. Richard Inouye, director of both the ensemble and the festival, said that students continue to gain more ownership over the community event.
About 200 students volunteer for the festival, and this year a student designed the posters advertising the event. Commercial arts students offered Inuoye about 12 designs that he had a tough time picking from. He said students will continue developing marketing materials for the festival.
Inouye gave a tearful send-off to student and first tenor David Floratos. He’s heading to Western Oregon University to study jazz composition after spending three years with the Clark College Jazz Ensemble.
“My family has a philosophy that everyone should learn to play music,” Floratos said. “I really love jazz, because it’s such a diverse, complex type of music, and there’s a lot of room to express yourself.”