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Pork, bands and all that jazz
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James Clark photo Laney Farnham sings All of Me with accompaniment from Ashley David on piano and Casey Bigford on guitar during Pork and Bands at WCHS on Saturday

You would’ve thought it was a smoke-filled jazz lounge in the French Quarter of New Orleans the way Laney Farnham seasoned the auditorium with her soulful voice at Warren County High School on Saturday.

The WCHS jazz band was making its inaugural performance at Pork and Bands after forming earlier this school year. Farnham set the mood with her vocals on two songs “Fly Me to the Moon” and “All of Me,” while trombone and saxophone solos added extra flair to a song made popular by the Blues Brothers, “Sweet Home Chicago.”

“I’ve been singing most of my life in church so when jazz band became a thing this year, I was definitely interested,” said Farnham, a 10th-grader. “My voice fits the mold of a typical jazz singer.”

The WCHS jazz band provided one of eight performances at Pork and Bands, an annual, year-end extravaganza that highlights the musical talent of students from fifth grade to graduating senior. While high school and middle school bands provided the melody, concessions featured BBQ sandwiches and BBQ nachos to provide the pork.

WCMS students Kelsa Rice and Isis Almaguer combined to perform a memorable duet with Rice playing bass clarinet and Almaguer playing B flat clarinet. They said they enjoyed the duet but prefer playing with the entire band.

“When we’re all working together, it can sound amazing,” said Almaguer, an eighth-grader who also plays with the high school marching and concert bands.

It’s the second year in the band program for Rice, who says she practices “pretty much every day.”

“The three things that bring us together as a band are dedication, integrity and performance,” said Rice.