There was a special surprise in downtown Quesnel early Thursday afternoon when jazz erupted from Spirit Square.
The Correlieu Jazz Band gave their last show of the school year in front of a relatively large audience bringing a range of eclectic influences.
“It was kind of a last-minute thing,” said Shawn Smith, a music teacher at Correlieu High School.
“We just decided a few days ago and booked the buses and continued to check the weather, and the weather held up, which was great.”
Smith called it a great way to end the year.
The last song performed paid tribute to bassist Hannah Carlson and drummer Luke Dykhuizen who will be graduating from high school.
Carlson will attend New Caledonia College in Quesnel for nursing.
“I think music will always be a part of my life,” Carlson said. “I’ll probably never stop playing because it’s such a great hobby.”
Dykhuizen, meanwhile, will attend the University of Northern British Columbia for possible teaching studies.
Both agreed that they had become closer to other jazz rhythmists during their time in the Correlieu Jazz Band, which became almost like a family.
“It’s difficult,” Dykhuizen said of his departure.
Smith said that although the Correlieu Jazz Band was unable to perform for most of the year due to COVID-19, the students still worked very hard.
“I couldn’t be more proud of them,” added Smith. “The fact that they hooked up and showed up ready to play before I even got there, and they were getting together and making music at lunchtime – it’s a great student group. “
The next performance by the Correlieu Jazz Band is scheduled for the last Quesnel Farmer’s Market of the season in mid-October.
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