Albany High School Jazz Band and Rhythm Bound R&B Band
Albany High School's two leading bands perform in this fundraiser for the Albany Music Fund, the parent group that supports the school's music program. The award-winning Albany High School Jazz Band plays a spicy mix of jazz standards, swing tunes, funk rhythms, and Latin beats. The school's rhythm and blues band, Rhythm Bound, plays Motown, funk, and R&B from the '60s and '70s with several vocalists and full instrumental backup. Rhythm Bound's music aims to get audiences of all ages up and dancing. The nonprofit Albany Music Fund organization of dedicated parents and volunteers saved music in the Albany schools, after budget cuts had taken away funding for music programs, by staging benefit concerts with top-name talent (David Grisman, Angela Bofill, and Elvin Bishop, among others). Tonight's concert showcases the beneficiaries of the fund drive - the student musicians - in the all-ages Ashkenaz dance hall setting. The money raised will help augment the music program.