My identity is wrapped up in my love of music because I have been surrounded by it since I was little. When I was a toddler, I would sit for long periods of time and watch videos of kids singing songs. As I grew older I participated in my church's children's choir and even held solos in my elementary school chorus. When I reached middle school I joined my school's middle school chorus in 7th grade as an alto and 8th grade as a soprano. The transition between 8th and 9th grade was important for me because I took up voice lesson in 8th grade and went to my first music camp the summer before 9th grade.
That event was being in the kazoo band. The kazoo band is a tradition at Lincoln Elementary School. It’s in the Raisin Day Parade and everyone has a choice of being a dancer, a flag person, or play the buckets as drums. My teacher, Mr.Olson, said we can try more than one and see which one we liked better. I tried dance and flag, but I decided to do flag because I was already in dance and wanted to try something new.
Kay Swift Started working at Tin Pan Ally when Gershwin give her a job as pianist at his rehearsel (PBS). After that she went on to recorded with big time artist like Louis Armstrong, Bing Crosby, and Ella Fitzgerald. Ann Ronell was also one of George Gershwin pupil who learned from his ways of writing. The first published song that Ronell produce was “Baby’s Birthday Party” a popular fox trot song that would be later followed up by one of the great jazz standards called “Willow Weep for Me”. By end of the 30’s Ronell started to write children song when on Tin Pan Alley and her most popular work was “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf.” By the end of her career Ann Ronell would become one of the best film scorers to have live and composed in
Yet, his acting career was cut short due to his premature balding, causing him to turn to choreography. Fosse’s choreographic style was known to be sexually suggestive, considering he grew up in Cabaret nightclubs. Bob Fosse’s signature style became popular and he began choreographing musicals such as, Pajama Games, Damn Yankees, Sweet Charity, Pippin, Chicago
She would dance in clubs and street performances. By 1919, Josephine was touring the United States with the Dixie Steppers and the Jones Family Band, performing comedic skits. Josephine married Willie Bake in 1921. Although they divorced years later, Josephine kept the name the rest of her life. She landed a role in 1923 in the musical Shuffle Along as a chorus member.
Houston began performing as a soloist in the junior gospel choir at her church. While growing up, her mother, Cissy continued to be her vocal coach. She was signed to Arista Records in the year of 1983. Her first album was released two years later. As the years continued, she made hit after hit.
One of the hardest challenges for me was switching instruments the end of the eighth grade year for the marching band that next fall. My eighth grade year I decided to switch from flute to trombone. I played flute for four years before I decided I didn't want to march flute that year and since we had one trombones in the band and need more. I ask my band director if I could switch he said no. With a lot of going back and forth, finally he said yes, but I had to meet after school on Monday for help.
My entrance to the salsa world began four years ago, it was because my family spotted a studio in New Jersey and they decided to drag me along. As time went on, I was the one to continue and fall in love with the dance and the music and just the entire back-story behind it. Its origination and basically just me creating a grand appreciation for the genre as a whole. I am so thankful to have been brought up in a Hispanic home and to have been introduced to this dance studio, it is what kept me in New Jersey for my college schooling. Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, Celia Cruz, and El Gran Combo, these people are the inspiration for my dancing and thousands of other dancers like me.
Ethel Merman who was born in 1908 as (Ethel Agnes Zimmerman) was an american actress and singer from Astoria , New York . Though Ethel was not trained in music many said she could“ belt out a song like no one else ” , many songwriters still sought out Ethel’s music knowing she was untrained such as Irving Berlin and Cole Porter who was known as major songwriters of the early 1900’s . Ethel is remembered for her great appearances in many great musicals . She started her career by singing at private parties and nightclubs . She was hired as a torch singer at Les Ambassadeurs and from there she began to gain publicity .
I chose to attend the ISU Jazz Combos concert on Thursday, February 18th in the Martha-Ellen Tye Recital Hall. I chose to attend this particular concert because from fifth to tenth grade I played the alto saxophone, and was a part of a jazz band in middle school. Jazz band was my favorite thing about playing the saxophone, and I loved the occasional improvisation solo I would get to perform. Although I like jazz music, I never have attended a jazz concert other than my high school jazz band concerts. Attending a concert at Iowa State was new to me, but I was excited to get back into the “jazz” of things, and was overly pleased with the two different jazz bands that performed.