THE EAST COAST JAZZ 2008
Preparations for the return of The East Coast Jazz in 2008 are well underway. A quality staff has been organized and recruiting efforts are underway.
The Open House/Audition weekend will take place on Thanksgiving weekend, November 23-24-25. Friday night to Sunday afternoon.
The East Coast has entered into sponsorship agreements with Evans Drum Heads and Pro Mark Percussion.
The direction of the organization will be to field a strong competitive drum corps featuring an exciting jazz repertoire that is both fun for the members and enjoyable for the fans.
The "Jazz" will compete in Drum Corps International Open Class in 2008 and take part in the Summer Music Games summer tour culminating at the Drum Corps International World Championship in Indianapolis the first week in August.
Dave Grist Joins Management Team
East Coast Jazz welcomes Dave Grist of Rhode Island who will serve in the capacity of Corps Director/Tour Director for 2008.
Dave was a drum corps member in the 1980's and served as assistant Tour Director for the Boston Crusaders.
Dave is a long time drum corps fan who has striven to develop a junior corps in Rhode Island. Given the opening available with the management team of the East Coast Jazz, and his desire to see this world champion caliber drum corps back on the field, Dave decided his efforts could best be put to use assisting Tom Chopelas with the revival of The East Coast Jazz.
Grist will be responsible for much of the day to day operations of the corps and will be on tour with the Jazz in 2008 managing the activities of a DCI touring drum corps.
"I am very enthusiastic about the East Coast Jazz and will dedicate my energies to the revival of this wonderful drum corps", said Mr. Grist.
East Coast Jazz Featured In Lynn Item
The East Coast Jazz is featured in a story in the Lynn Item newspaper that highlighted the recent relocation of the corps to Lynn.
To read the full feature........
Staff Appointments Announced
After a careful search for qualified educational staff, Tom Chopelas has reached agreements with severalmembers foir the 2007-2008 season.
Joseph, Taylor Music Director of Bishop Feehan High School, has accepted the position of Brass Arranger/Caption Head. He is very enthusiastic over the potential of reviving a corps of te caliber of the East Coast Jazz.
Drew Davey will take the reins of Arranger Caption Head. He will be fully involved with the Jazz throughout the winter and thye summer tour.
Malika Stepaziuk, an alumni of four years with The East Coast Jazz, will be assisiting Drew as a Percussion Tech. Malika is the percussion caption head with Triton Regeional High School.
Bryan Breton and John Pacheco will take on joint responsibilty of the development of the color
guard. Both are working very successfuly with the Stoughton High School winter guard and are very excited to be involved with the Jazz.
Jay DeFrank has signed on as Visual Designer. Jay's experience goes way back to a time when he was a staff members for the East Coast Jazz. He spent many years designing the visual program for Th Spartans and is currently the designer for the Malden High School band.
Several positions remain open but will be filled soon.
For more information on the staff........
2008 Music Program Selected
Dave Grist, Corps Diector has announced the music selections for the 2008 season:
Intro: A Closer walk With Thee
Jive At Five
A Nightingale Sang In Barclay Square
Holt Marvell & Manning Sherwin
Scootin On The Hard Rock
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