The Orchestra Swings
“When the Saints Go Marching In”
Student Participation: Singing; Basic Recorder; Recorder Star
Recorder Notes Needed:
(Basic Recorder): G, A, B, C (Recorder Star): C, D, E, F, G
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“Swing” is many things. It’s a distinctive rhythmic feel; a musical era dominated by big band jazz; a style of dance that grew alongside the music; and that elusive but unmistakable feeling that results when musicians are deeply tuned into each other and playing in sync, or “in the pocket.” Though swing is characteristic of jazz, an orchestra can also swing. Through the Link Up repertoire, hands-on activities, and a culminating interactive performance with an orchestra and jazz ensemble, we will explore the elements that contribute to that magical moment when the orchestra starts to swing.