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DHS Jazz Band grads reunite for a benefit concert

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Trombonist Jon Hatamiya has some fun with fellow Davis HIgh School Jazz Band alums Colin McDaniel, right, a drummer; and Erik Maroney, rear, a bassist. The trio will perform in concert Saturday evening at the Brunelle Performance Hall at DHS, 315 W. 14th St. Fred Gladdis/Enterprise photo

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From page A1 | December 27, 2013 |

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Who: Jon Hatamiya, trombone; Erik Maroney, bass; and Colin McDaniel, drums; performing original music and familiar jazz standards

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Brunelle Performance Hall, Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St.

Tickets: $10 general, $5 students with ID, available at the door. Proceeds will benefit the DHS Band Boosters

A cluster of longtime friends who played together several years ago as members of the Davis High Jazz Band are taking advantage of the fact that they’re home for the holidays and are staging a reunion concert. The event, which begins at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, will benefit the DHS Band Boosters.

For Jon Hatamiya (trombone), Erik Maroney (bass) and Colin McDaniel (drums), it’s a welcome opportunity to play jazz once again in their old high school stomping ground while they visit their parents in Davis over the holidays. Each has composed some original material for the occasion and they also will play some familiar jazz standards.

This is the third consecutive year that the DHS Jazz Band alums have organized a show; they graduated from Davis High in 2010, then reunited for late-December shows in 2011 and 2012.

“I look forward to this concert every year; I really enjoy playing with these guys,” Maroney said.

Hatamiya explained, “Erik and Colin have been playing together since they were in junior high, and I played with them in high school. And we’re a lot better now than we were back then, so it’s more fun.”

College life has taken the trio in different directions. Hatamiya is in his final year at the Manhattan School of Music in New York and will graduate in the spring.

“I’ve been working with my band XD 7; we released a new EP, our second recording, last June,” he said. “It’s called ‘Get!’ and it’s available on our website,” www.xd7band.com. Hatamiya and XD 7 performed in Community Park last summer as part of the annual Fourth of July festivities, and they’ve played a number of gigs in the New York region.

Hatamiya also has done some subbing with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. He’s contemplating a possible move to Los Angeles next summer, and perhaps graduate studies at the well-known music school at USC, but those possibilities are still tentative.

McDaniel spent a year playing with the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet — based out of the University of the Pacific in Stockton — then settled in Los Angeles, where he’s in his third year at UCLA.

“I’m majoring in cognitive science — it’s an interdisciplinary field involving psychology, neuroscience, linguistics and artificial intelligence, that examines how information processing occurs in the brain, as well as the study of intelligence systems in general,” McDaniel said. “And of course, I’m doing a lot of drumming. I just played a gig at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, where the Academy Awards ceremony has been held several times.”

Maroney enrolled at UC Davis, where he’s studying music as well as civil and environmental engineering, with a minor in classics. He also performs with a Davis band known as The Colonel’s Men, which has a gig at 7 p.m. Friday at the Village Homes Community Center.

“Playing the bass is fun,” he said. “It’s kind of a foundation instrument in any ensemble; you are supporting the other people in the group.”

Even though it’s only been three years, the student body at Davis High School has now turned over completely since the young musicians received their diplomas. The crowd at the annual reunion concerts tends to include a lot of other students who attended Davis High between 2008 and 2010. The teacher who was the Jazz Band instructor in those years, Fred Lange, is now retired, and Tom Slabaugh has assumed the program’s reins. (“He’s really nice to work with,” Hatamiya volunteered.)

Joining McDaniel, Maroney and Hatamiya this year will be guitarist Arlyn Anderson (active in the Sacramento area), Zach Darf on saxophone (a graduate of Rio Americano High School, which also has a strong jazz program), and Kyle Athayde on piano.

Tickets are $10 general, $5 for students with ID, available at the door. DHS is at 315 W. 14th St.

— Reach Jeff Hudson at jhudson@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8055.

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