News & Events

Pingry News & Events

More News

Students were political canvassers, escape room artists, physicists, fashionistas, inventors, thought leaders, collaborators, activists, change agents, and boat builders, among many other identities, during Project Week 2019.

Jazz Ensemble Takes the Stage

Beginning a new tradition at Pingry, the Jazz Ensemble, led by music teacher Sean McAnally, took the stage on Friday before Spring Break.

With this concert, the School's three major Upper School ensembles now have their own all-school performances (Buttondowns in November; Jazz Ensemble in March; Balladeers in April); Jazz would have played its first concert last March, but Mother Nature had other plans, as Pingry had a snow day.

The ensemble offered four selections for an audience that cheered the players' solos: Herbie Hancock's Tell Me a Bedtime Story, Miles Davis's All Blues, Charles Mingus's Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (his elegy for saxophonist Lester Young, who was known to wear a pork pie hat and died in March 1959, two months prior to the recording session for the album "Mingus Ah Um"), and Donald Byrd's French Spice.

Even though this year's performance was a first for the jazz students, the ensemble travels with the Buttondowns and Balladeers each October for a demonstration at the Lower School, and, of course, the Jazz Ensemble is featured in school concerts throughout the year.

Contact: Greg Waxberg '96, Communications Writer