Kathy Hemrich Welty 
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Re: “Love/Hate Mail, Jan. 16, 2014

My 18 year old daughter is a student at NJW. She was invited to play with the Evan Cobb quintet at Jazzmania, as were several other NJW students, and they all took a solo in that performance.

Her involvement there has benefited her greatly in her jazz studies. My daughter is only able to be involved in the lessons, classes and camps at NJW because she auditioned for and received scholarships to do so. Her band director and trombone instructor both encourage her and her fellow bandmates to participate in activities at NJW. My child has never been turned away from participating because I am unable to afford it, rather she has been encouraged to keep coming back and to keep doing more.

This was the Silver Jazz Midstate performance last year when my daughter was still a junior:


This is how my child spent her 18th birthday, performing with her jazz combo at school.


This combo has played at conventions, etc. It is through her school band department, but let me tell you a little secret, there are more NJW summer camp students her combo. In, fact in the first video of the Midstate performance, there are students who do not attend her school, that have participated in summer camps at NJW as well.

My child has come home excited because not only did she get to meet and have a workshop with Duffy Jackson. She came home more excited months later, when she was allowed to attend his performance at NJW as a volunteer, and he greeted her by name and remembered she played trombone. That is an opportunity she will never forget and there have been several other well known jazz artist in the Nashville jazz community that she has come home excited to have had the opportunity to meet and chat with.

Because the classes are of varying degrees of experience, she is normally the only school age student in the small ensembles. She often plays in an ensemble along with adults who have played in bands they go out and perform. She has a much larger network of musical contacts than she would ever have acquired otherwise.

Whether my daughter becomes a paid performer or recording artist in her future, her experiences have built her skill, given her confidence, made her more marketable to colleges and given her more opportunities for college scholarships. Whatever her future holds, she has benefited.

Whether my daughter or any of these NJW students become paid performers, recording artists or just lifelong jazz lovers, THEY will be the generation that will bring jazz to Nashville. They and the city of Nashville will benefit from the influence of Roger and Lori. And they, I am certain, will beg to differ with your opinion of Nashville Jazz Workshop!

Sarah Welty's Mom

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Posted by Kathy Hemrich Welty on 01/28/2014 at 8:04 PM

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