Playing a unique fusion of jazz and classical music, Allen Vizzutti will be coming to Hanford High School to perform in several joint concerts as part of Hanford’s Guest Artist Concert Series. The Tri-Cities community has not had this style of music performed for them in many years.
Born in Seattle, Washington, Vizzutti was first taught the trumpet by his father. As early as the age of 16, Vizzutti has made a name for himself in the music world, earning the first chair spot in the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at Interlochen, Michigan. Vizzutti then traveled to attend the Eastman School of Music on a full scholarship. He has now visited 60 countries, performed in some of the world’s largest stages, and performed in over 160 motion picture soundtracks, such as Star Trek, Back to the Future, and Rocky II.
Vizzutti has also taught at the Eastman School of Music, University of Washington, as well as other universities and institutes around the world. Not only being an outstanding musician, Vizzutti has also composed many orchestral pieces, which have been performed by the London Symphony Orchestra, the Tonight Show Orchestra, and other big-name music groups.
The music students at Hanford see these Guest Artist Concerts as a great opportunity to improve their musical abilities and as a perfect chance to listen to professional musicians.
“It’s cool that Hanford has all these Guest Artist Concerts with all these professionals and we get to perform with them; it’s really great to play with people at that level,” said Elijah Hyatt, another Hanford freshman in Purple Jazz. Some of Hanford’s students are already familiar with Vizzutti’s works, and are thrilled to be able to hear Vizzutti in person. “I’m excited to play with another professional musician, and they’re fun to play with because you learn a lot from them,” said Hayden Henry, a freshman at Hanford who plays in both the Concert Band and the Gold Jazz Band. “It’s a lot different live too, when you hear them on the radio, or on Spotify or Pandora, it’s like, ‘Oh wow! That’s really cool,” and when you hear them live it’s mind-blowing.”
“I’m just so excited because I’ve listened to music that he’s in, so actually getting to meet someone at that great of a musical level and getting to learn from them is an experience of a lifetime,” said Jase Conley, Hanford freshman in the Purple Jazz Band. “I’ve listened to some of his jazz music. I think when he played with the Woody Herman Orchestra, he was writing some music for them, and that was really cool.”
The two concerts that will be performed by Vizzutti and the Hanford Music students will take place in Hanford High School’s auditorium on May 20-21, with the Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble playing on May 20th and with all five Hanford Jazz Bands on May 21st. Presale Tickets are $15 and available from HHS Instrumental Students, Adventures Underground, and Ted Brown Music. $30 VIP tickets are also available which include a private reception at Terra Blanca Winery with the guest artists and other VIPs. Tickets at the door are $20.