The Fanwood-Scotch Plains Moonglowers made another appearance at Jazzfest after winning NJAJE recognition — they’ve been state champs eight times! Director Vincent Turturiello said, “It’s not all about winning” — that just comes along with all the hard work, telling us these musicians meet at 6:30 AM every day to rehearse. He enjoys the friendly rivalry with other schools’ band directors and appreciates the different styles each brings to their bands. We also learned that the band plays for a number of charitable events during the year. Just some of the moments among the wealth of great solo and ensemble work: Doc Severinsen’s “The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise” featured saxman Ron Chat scatting, a delicate piano interlude by Nick Poulios, followed by a thunderous wall of sound produced by the full orchestra and a smooth rolling sax line. Poulios also provided bold, bluesy vocals on “Feeling Good,” and Will Shure, who transferred from another school just to be able to sing with the Moonglowers, sang “Beyond the Sea.” Steve Scannell’s clear as a bell guitar work on “The Little Clam” was outstanding, as was the great interplay of the two drummers on this muscular Latin rhythm.
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