Jim Hegedus, musical director for Livingston High School's two jazz bands, loves his work. In addition to teaching, he spends hours of rehearsal time with the Lancer Jazz Band and the Lab Band. This is big band jazz. Working out the arrangements, whipping the soloists into shape, and getting 19 or so musicians (plus vocalists) to swing together isn't easy.
Hegedus says there are many rewarding parts to the whole experience of directing the two jazz bands. "The most rewarding would be seeing the students start from nothing and transforming that into an exciting performance as the culmination of their hard work."
You can catch their next performance on Saturday night at the at Livingston High School. We tried to capture some of the rhythm of a rehearsal in these photos, which are not captioned by design.
You can find Part One of this