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Desert Oasis Jazz Band Conquers College Festival

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Clay Jenkins clinic at the University of Nevada Reno. (Credit: Aaron Basilio)

Clay Jenkins clinic at the University of Nevada Reno. (Credit: Aaron Basilio)

Clay Jenkins clinic at the University of Nevada Reno. (Credit: Aaron Basilio)

Aaron Basilio, News Editor

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The Desert Oasis jazz band rocked the stage at the University of Nevada Reno jazz festival on April 28, in which the college campus hosted a variety of musical talents. The Desert Oasis jazz band embarked for UNR alongside Basic High School’s jazz band on the morning of Thursday, April 27.

The opening act was no other than the Desert Oasis jazz band, which performed a set list consisting of the songs Tri-Bop, Li’l Darlin’, and It’s Just (Talk) in front of the renowned judges at the Church of Fine Arts Building on the UNR campus.

Featured soloists include Eric Carillo (tenor saxophone), Aidan Miller (bass trombone), Macey Osborn (trumpet), Jaren Glick (guitar), Khalyn Joyce (alto saxophone), Drew Trenholm (bass guitar), and Aaron Basilio (trombone). A medal for Outstanding Musicianship was even awarded for Macey Osborn for her astonishing solo in Li’l Darlin’.

Desert Oasis was not the only school to represent the immense Las Vegas music spirit. Both Basic High School’s jazz band and Arbor View High School’s jazz band wowed the crowd and judges with their swinging tunes.

The festival itself showcased a multitude of jazz bands ranging from the middle school to collegiate level. Various clinics hosted by professional musicians graded skills such as composition, harmony, and overall sound. Stations around the campus offered students the chance to test different instruments and buy assorted musical merchandise.

Professional trumpet player, Clay Jenkins, offered wisdom from his time as a player for the Count Basie Band and Clayton-Hamilton Band. Jenkins says, “The two most important things about music are depth and clarity.” Many found the festival to be fun, insightful, and great way to enjoy the soothing symphonies of jazz.

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