“I enjoyed being able to continue playing music I enjoy as well as the opportunity to step out of my comfort zone,” said Eli Dupslaff, who plays with both the Jazz Embers and the Blue Devil Jazz Orchestra. Dupslaff is a graphic communications major from Harris, Minn.
Ty Weiss, a computer and electrical engineering major from Cadott, reflected on his time with the band. “Music is what brings us together. Music is one of the few things that has roots in every culture, every past and every human,” he said. “‘You have the passion as if you play but move as if you dance’ was a quote spoken to me a while back. I would not be who I am today without music and the UW-Stout Jazz Band.”
Grace Jones, an engineering technology major from Shawano, cherishes “all the fantastic memories I’ve made throughout my time participating in the band. It has brought me great friends, a sense of community and the experience to play the instrument I love.”
Other upcoming UW-Stout performing arts concerts include the Symphonic Singers and Chamber Choir’s To Freedom, featuring music from Ukraine, Poland and Estonia, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie; and the Symphonic Band winter concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 4, in the student center Great Hall. Tickets are $5 and are available online at tickets.uwstout.edu.