RANDOLPH, NJ—The Randolph High School and Middle School Jazz Ensembles performed  at the 8th Jazz Coffee House in the RHS Commons on Wednesday.

The Jazz Coffee House is a unique experience for not only the audience, but the performers themselves, “The Jazz Coffee House is way different from the concert because there's all the food, it is much more relaxed, and there’s a much different audience”, explained Jonathan Bellinghausen, senior and Tenor 1 in the RHS Jazz Ensemble 1. The night featured performances from the RMS Middle School Jazz Ensemble and the RHS Jazz Ensembles 1 and 2.

Performing in the Jazz Coffee House has always been a favorite for the Randolph Students. “I’m a big fan of the tasty treats and swinging beats,” said Dan Spielman, senior clarinet player said, explaining his enthusiasm for the coffee house. Along with the great music, the five-dollar admission fee allowed the audience the ability to pick up coffee or desserts, made by the Randolph Rotary and the RHS Band Parents Association.

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The Coffee House is one of the most enjoyable performances of the year for the directors as well, as it is their first of the year for the Jazz Ensembles, “It always good to have a point to work for... we said let's do something else (with the performance date), so we made it a fundraiser for the program”, said Dave Miller, a director of the Jazz 1 group. The fundraiser is for a performance later in the year, in which the Jazz Ensembles perform alongside a guest performer.

The event is always exciting to be at every year, and it was no different this year, “(My) First Jazz Coffee house was amazing, I was not expecting as many people to show up... all three ensembles sounded amazing, I could not be more proud of those students”, said new Jazz 2 director, Nick Fantazzi.

The Coffee House was one of many performances by the Bands of Randolph.  Check out the 9th annual Cabaret Night on Feb. 7 in the RHS Auditorium.

Editor's Note: Richard Williams is a student at RHS participating in a journalism program