SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Springfield Free Public Library will present a program of music from World War I at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, the Florian Schantz Jazz Combo will perform music of World War I at the Springfield Free Public Library.
The selection will highlight music that was popular between 1914 and 1918. That will include a mix of early Dixieland, military music and other standards, accompanied by educational content and narrative. The event honors the fact that 2018 marks the one-hundred-year anniversary of the conclusion of the “war to end all wars.”
Bandleader Florian Schantz, age 15, founded his combo at the age of 9, having first started to play trumpet at the age of 6. At age 11, Florian was awarded the Louis Armstrong Award for jazz excellence by the NJ Workshop for the Arts and he has performed extensively in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Germany.
Trombonist and tuba player Rup Chattopadhyay has performed with various ensembles, including the Rutgers Marching Band and the Rutgers Pep Band.
Margaret Schantz has been with the band since 2013, playing both the trumpet and the fluegelhorn.
Cory Ackerman has more than four decades of experience as a professional percussionist and keyboard player and has also conducted and directed several concert and marching bands.
Lowell Schantz (father of Florian and Margaret) has more than thirty years of experience playing the guitar in a variety of jazz bands and he also plays trumpet, baritone horn and alphorn.
More information about the Florian Schantz Jazz Combo can be found at http://vfsjazz.com/