From a Spirit from JSU press release On Friday night of our March camp, the JSU Jazz Ensemble I with special guest, world-renowned jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, treated Spirit to a special concert. The award-winning Jazz Ensemble I, under the direction of Dr.Chip Crotts, also brass caption head for Spirit, performed a number of standards including "Three and One," "Lazy Bird," "Nica's Dream" and "Old Man River." Gordon then took over the second half, performing with the JSU Jazz Quintet and Jazz Trombone section, as well as closing the concert with his own big band tune, "West End Choo Choo." Dr. Crotts was excited to present this concert and feels strongly about using the resources at JSU to benefit Spirit. "Serving in this dual role at Spirit and JSU has allowed us opportunities such as this to provide the members of Spirit a chance to not only learn through the drum and bugle corps, but to also be around a professional environment and benefit from concerts and master classes such as these. This is a true benefit of our affiliation with JSU and we hope to be able to do more events such as this in the future to further enhance the musical experience students receive at Spirit." The March camp went on to be very productive as the corps marched and played through a good chunk of the opener over the weekend. The opener and ballad have been ensembled with the percussion and the third production will be in the members' hands by the end of next week. The members had a wonderful time learning the first part of the drill to their show. The parents and fans present at the end of the camp were delighted to see their first glimpse of drum corps 2006 as Spirit marched and played a large portion of the 2006 opener. The corps is enjoying much success already this season and the maturity level of all sections is very high for this early in the spring. We are looking forward to a great summer and hope all of you will enjoy our 2006 Production "Old, New, Borrowed and Blue"
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