Story, photos and video by Jo Mathis/AAPS District News
Own a kazoo? Itching to play your old high school flute?
Then come join the fun in the EdgeFest Parade that will wind through and around the Ann Arbor Farmers’ Market in Kerrytown at noon on Saturday, Oct. 29.
The Scarlett Middle School Band will once again be a big part of this annual event, which invites EdgeFest artists as well as music-loving community members to join in the fun.
“I love the Edgefest parade,” says Scarlett’s band teacher, Caroline Fitzgerald. “It’s a chance for the Scarlett band kids to be present in the community. They have so much fun and are filled with pride marching through the Farmers’ Market in Ann Arbor.”
EdgeFest celebrates local musicians from the Detroit-Ann Arbor area by hosting performances and educational workshops throughout the community.
In addition to Saturday’s parade, Scarlett Middle School participated in Edgefest this week by welcoming Andrew Bishop, a renowned saxophone player and assistant professor of jazz and contemporary improvisation at the University of Michigan.
Bishop taught the students about improvisation and composition.
“Having Andrew Bishop visit our school is an incredibly engaging experience by a wonderful local musician that the kids really connect with,” says Fitzgerald.
Bishop helped the students get a sense for improvisation and how the presence of other musicians doing their own thing at Saturday’s parade might might affect them as they march.
Fitzgerald looks forward to the event.
“It’s a great opportunity for the Scarlett kids to represent our school through such a positive experience,” she says.