They were smooth like James Bond, quick like the Pink Panther and making music like Duke Ellington. Alper's Young Musicians Big Band had Palisadians tapping their toes on the in Pacific Palisades Sunday morning.
The 16-piece ensemble made up of talented 10-12 year olds played compositions by Count Basie, Henry Mancini, Herbie Hancock and, or course, Duke Ellington. Although the kids were led by a professional rhythm section, they held the melody with two trumpets, five saxophones, a trombone and six clarinets.
Gregory Alper is the director of the Alper Music School Pacific Palisades and a professional musician and film composer.
Alper joined in with his saxophone during the Young Musicians Big Band performance and later played a set with his professional group. But pro or budding blues brother, Sunday on the Village Green was all about music.
Anyone interested in lessons or learning more about the band can contact the Alper Music School at (310) 454-0160, or click here to visit their website.