By Mark Ambrogi
Zionsville High School Jazz Band members will get an opportunity they will likely remember for a lifetime.
The band will perform with bassist Victor Wooten at 7:30 p.m. March 4 at the Zionsville Performing Arts Center. The band will perform three songs with Wooten during the concert.
“The jazz band students and I are very excited for the opportunity to perform with a legendary musician like Victor Wooten,” ZCHS band director Tom Landrum. “The gravity of this experience may not fully sink in until the night of the concert. It is simply an amazing opportunity to be able to work with a five-time Grammy award winner”
Landrum said he was thankful that (ZPAC director) Rachel Shafer sought out Wooten and made the arrangements for this event to take place.
“Earlier in the day, before the concert, Mr. Wooten will be working with our jazz band, and will be providing an educational clinic for many of our Zionsville music students, especially for our bass players. It will be pretty cool to have Vic playing bass with us,” Landrum said.
Sophomore bass player David Ashton said he looks forward to meeting a bass player as well known as Wooten.
“And I hope to learn some new tricks,” Ashton said.
Declan Nelligan, ZCHS sophomore guitar player, said: “There is no need to fret, we will hear plenty of bass in this concert.”
Wooten is known for solo performances and as a member of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones. Wooten was voted Bassist of the Year three times by Bass Magazine. He’s the only person to win the award more than once.
The threes songs the jazz band will perform with Wooten are “The Cannonball Run” (Gordon Goodwin); “Blue Rondo a la Turk” (Dave Brubeck) and “Canal Street Commotion” (Mike Carubia).
For more, visit zvilleperformingarts.org.