It is truly possible to have a Jazz concert and an assembly put together during my fifth period gym class on a Wednesday morning?
Its a normal Wednesday morning at school, as I was heading to my fifth period gym class, members of my gym class were outside the gymnasium and were “invited” the entire fifth period class( in Gym “B” we share with another class) to see an assembly in the auditorium.
The concert/assembly was held as an initiative between my school, John Bowne High and neighboring Queens College ( which we share land with)
The so-called “consembly” (a portmanteau of concert and assembly) started with a woman in a light blue sweater playing the trombone walking up the aisles of the auditorium then the piano, double bass and drummer join in.
I couldn’t see the face of the piano player, but Paul Wilson, the double bass player, looks like a skinnier Tony Shauloub of “Monk” despite my friend saying he looks like our principal.
After 3-5 minutes of playing the first song, the song ended with a round of applause and one of Bowne’s music teachers, Mr. Akindende gave the mic to the players and they were introduced by the trombone player.
The musicians were: Elizabeth Duksheen on Trombone, Paul Wilson on Double Bass, Sven Diallo on Piano and Gi Alexandre on Drums.
They also introduced another woman (who I couldn’t catch her name) that they said made this all possible who worked at Queens College’s music program.
Following a minute of introductions, the group stated playing a second song, but this time, Elizabeth asks us to stand up and try to groove to the music.
In the auditorium, there are at least 8 classes that share the fifth period schedule with us ( the fifth period time is from 10:44 to 11:34h)
At this point, it’s 11:15h, and we’re basically being told that we may be extras – like background dancers- except we will be doing the dancing from where we are sitting.
At first, members of the Rows A-C of the left section were standing up it was most of Row A and half of Row B were standing up.
The section that my class is sitting in, Rows E-G of the middle section, would have to stand up and start moving- no one in the rows are standing up with the exception of someone in Row J standing up on the chair, encouraging people to stand up but there is a scattered number of people standing up.
Since there was a small number of kids were standing up in Rows E-G, all of a sudden, the right section, (which is by the drummer) stood up.
Some of the kids in Rows A-E were made up of “Doshi nerds” ( nicknames for students in the Doshi Science program) and E-J were made up of other classes that were invited to this “consembly”
After al that Jazz—(No pun intended, I assure you) A fourth and later fifth song would be played. At this point, Its 11:25h, the period would end at 11:34h and we figured that this song would last until the end of the period.
I have nothing against the musicians or Queens College or blame the school for the concert(hey, it did get me out of gym class) it was that most of the fifth period kids weren’t really into the “consembly” as other classes were.
Personally, the musicians having a 46 minute long concert ( technically a 40 minute long concert since we killed six minutes to get situated) didn’t do them justice, they really are talented especially if some classes weren’t enthusiastic about the music) doesn’t do them justice.
It reaches 11:30h and we are still sitting in the auditorium and we get treated to a closing song.
All in all, the concert was okay, nothing too big and nothing too small, Particularly the time slot was a little iffy at best.
The group were to be having concerts between periods 4 to 7, which were from 9:58 to 13:14h.
After my fifth period class ended, on of my friends had to see the concert again due to her having a dual gym periods and her sixth period class being invited to the “consembly”.
The Next Day, One of the music teachers at Bowne said that this year’s “Consembly” was the best that the Queens College arranged in recent time and the birth of the initiative.
I myself noticed that during the “consembly” many people in my row and others had this look on their faces of confusion and weren’t really into the gig like the other half of the room which were more into it.
I never thought that i would actually see a “consembly” during senior year and actually thought about writing about it so thats what i noticed.