St. Petersburg, Florida - Lakewood High School Performing Arts held a Black and Gold Benefit Concert in its auditorium to celebrate their student musicians on Friday, Feb. 14. 10 News Anchor Tammie Fields was honored to introduce the Lakewood Jazz Combo and Jazz Ensemble.
Michael Kernodle, the director of bands says, "In three short years, Lakewood has developed an award winning jazz program. For the second year in a row, they've made history by earning straight superior ratings at the District 9 Florida Band Masters Music Performance Assessment. It's something that hadn't been done in over 30 years at Lakewood."
Kernodle says the students serve as ambassadors both academically and musically in the school and community.
Friday night's lineup included the Lakewood Jazz Combo and Jazz Ensemble, as well as some world-renowned musicians that have partnered with LHS to help support their endeavor to provide a quality music education.
Grammy nominated artist Gumbi Ortiz and New Groove City, and one of the greatest power couples of Jazz, JB Scott and Lisa Kelly, also performed.
Money raised from the event will go toward providing the LHS Jazz students the experience of performing in New Orleans in March. Not only will they perform in the Big Easy, they will also visit historical sites such as Congo Square, Preservation Hall, and the French Quarter.