MM student in Jazz Studies Kyle Myers released a new arrangement of "Won’t You Be My Neighbor" from the television show Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. This recording was made completely remotely during the summer months of 2020 by musicians all across the country. It features Steven Robinson on trombone and Alex Flavell on piano.
Kyle Myers Big Band roster of performers on this project includes:
Graduate composer Tristan Perez released a recording, "And Spring Still Comes" in mid-June. On composing and recording the piece, Tristan writes:
"The idea for this piece came from the realization of how much musicians would miss playing in ensembles during the COVID-19 outbreak. I decided to write a piece for large ensemble that could be a way to bring these musicians together to work on something as a collective and make something beautiful. Having the chance to work with so many strangers was a wonderful experience and a reminder that there are always ways to collaborate, create, and build communities if people have the desire to do so. The title for the piece came from the realization that despite the strange situation we have found ourselves in, the birds still sing, and Spring still comes."