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R&B in OP: IHS jazz band helps open Peninsula’s newest music fest

Damian Mulinix

Published on September 19, 2017 3:18PM

The Ilwaco HIgh School jazz band performs on the opening night of the Peninsula R&B Festival Friday night at Beach Barons Field.

The Ilwaco HIgh School jazz band performs on the opening night of the Peninsula R&B Festival Friday night at Beach Barons Field.

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Above, clockwise: The 2017 Peninsula Rhythm and Blues Festival premiered on Friday evening at Wilson Field, with the Tim Kelly Band of Seaside, featuring Gary Jaskowiak on keyboards.  •  The Ilwaco HIgh School jazz band performs on the opening night of the Peninsula R&B Festival Friday night at Beach Barons Field.  •  Drummer Todd Irving of the Tim Kelly Band led the rhythm section with power and precision.  •  Danny and Sandy Berglund of Surfside have been part of these festivals since 2008.

Above, clockwise: The 2017 Peninsula Rhythm and Blues Festival premiered on Friday evening at Wilson Field, with the Tim Kelly Band of Seaside, featuring Gary Jaskowiak on keyboards. • The Ilwaco HIgh School jazz band performs on the opening night of the Peninsula R&B Festival Friday night at Beach Barons Field. • Drummer Todd Irving of the Tim Kelly Band led the rhythm section with power and precision. • Danny and Sandy Berglund of Surfside have been part of these festivals since 2008.

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Clockwise: Vendors Jeffrey Black and Charlotte Nagy of “Beachin Bar-B-Que” have some fun during a break at the festival on Saturday.​  •  Trombone player Jacob “Bonedaddy” Brockus, 18, looks to Noah Bell to get the cue for his solo.  •  Bottleneck Blues band was featured on Saturday afternoon at the festival, led by front man and lead guitarist Noah Bell.  •  Volunteers, such as Jeff Michaud of Ocean Park, were instrumental  in helping promote and organize the Peninsula Rhythm and Blues Festival this year.

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Clockwise: Vendors Jeffrey Black and Charlotte Nagy of “Beachin Bar-B-Que” have some fun during a break at the festival on Saturday.​ • Trombone player Jacob “Bonedaddy” Brockus, 18, looks to Noah Bell to get the cue for his solo. • Bottleneck Blues band was featured on Saturday afternoon at the festival, led by front man and lead guitarist Noah Bell. • Volunteers, such as Jeff Michaud of Ocean Park, were instrumental in helping promote and organize the Peninsula Rhythm and Blues Festival this year.

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Drummer Todd Irving of the Tim Kelly band led the rhythm section with power and precision.

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Drummer Todd Irving of the Tim Kelly band led the rhythm section with power and precision.

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Volunteers, such as Jeff Michaud of Ocean Park, were instrumental  in helping promote and organize the Peninsula Rhythm and Blues Festival this year.

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Volunteers, such as Jeff Michaud of Ocean Park, were instrumental in helping promote and organize the Peninsula Rhythm and Blues Festival this year.

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The Peninsula Rhythm and Blues Festival was moved from the Port of Ilwaco to Wilson Field in Nahcotta this year. Music fans seemed very comfortable in the outdoor and spacious venue.

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The Peninsula Rhythm and Blues Festival was moved from the Port of Ilwaco to Wilson Field in Nahcotta this year. Music fans seemed very comfortable in the outdoor and spacious venue.

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Danny and Sandy Berglund of Surfside have come to the festival almost every year since 2008.

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Danny and Sandy Berglund of Surfside have come to the festival almost every year since 2008.

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Trombone player Jacob “Bonedaddy” Brockus, 18, looks to Noah Bell to get the cue for his solo.

Trombone player Jacob “Bonedaddy” Brockus, 18, looks to Noah Bell to get the cue for his solo.

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Bottleneck Blues band was featured on Saturday afternoon at the festival, led by front man and lead guitarist Noah Bell.

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Bottleneck Blues band was featured on Saturday afternoon at the festival, led by front man and lead guitarist Noah Bell.

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Peninsula R&B Festival organizer Clint Carter sits in on drums with the IHS jazz band during the opening night last Friday.

Peninsula R&B Festival organizer Clint Carter sits in on drums with the IHS jazz band during the opening night last Friday.

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OCEAN PARK — The Ilwaco High School Jazz Band had a different look last Friday night, as they helped open the inaugural Peninsula R&B Festival at the Beach Barons’ Wilson Field in Ocean Park.

With their regular drummer playing in an out-of-town football game, the band “drafted” festival organizer Clint Carter to man the kit.

“A huge thank you to Clint for filling in for our drummer,” said Band Director Rachel Lake.

Their half-hour set included regular selections, “Blues to Blow On” and “Disorderly Conduct,” as well as new additions, “El Rey Del Sol” and the big band classic, “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” made famous by the Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1941.

“The jazz band performed amazing with only four days of rehearsal,” Lake said. “We have four new members of the band and they picked up the music very well. I’m looking forward to seeing these kids develop as the year goes on.”

Professionals took over the stage for the bulk of the event, with fans soaking up the later-summer sun on Saturday.



















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