HAMPDEN – Students at The Hampden Academy are working hard for their upcoming showcase, The Capstone Concert.
“It’s very powerful, the universal connection of jazz music,” said professional jazz trumpeter, Ingrid Jensen.
For years, Jensen has traveled across the world, gracing people with her talents. According to many, she’s one of the most in demand jazz trumpeters. Her success started when she was was little. Music has always been the center of her life being born in a musically inclined family.
“It was something I was predestined to do if you think about things that way,” she said, “The spirit of the music which ended up being jazz in my life.”
When she is not touring the world, she’s teaching the next generation how to perfect the art.
“She’s phenomenal and you can tell just by being around her how much knowledge she has about jazz,” said Noah Gardner, a senior at the school, “It’s hard sometimes working with people as talented like her because you look at her like a celebrity. But she’s a real person and you can connect with her on that level. She’s not afraid to tell you what she thinks.”
“She’ll tell you how it is,” said Logan Christian, a sophomore student, “But she’s nice to you about it, not be mean about it.”
“I say stuff to them that I know they can handle,” said Jensen, “Hopefully it inspires them to practice and get better quicker.”
With her experience, performing on a two Grammy Award winning albums. It comes to no surprise that the students are taking to her instructions.
“We need people to come and listen to live music because if they don’t come out to hear it, then it got a little less life to it than it should,” she said.
The concert will have well known songs and will feature other professional musicians.
The concert is tomorrow night at 7 p.m., and those looking for tickets can contact the school for more information.