“Members of a Traverse City Central High School jazz band expected to have about 25 minutes to warm up before a statewide competition.
Instead the cadre of performers had only 15 minutes to prepare before hitting the stage at Central Michigan University, said trumpet player Bethany Pataky.
“We were stressed out and freaked out because we’d only get so much time to practice,” she said. “We went in there wanting to have fun and accepting we wouldn’t win anything.”
Pataky and the rest of Central’s Black Jazz Band were surprised when they played their jams as well as ever. The school came in second in their division at CMU’s Jazz Weekend on Feb. 5.“