Composer Carl Strommen Visits Finley

Members of the Finley Middle School Jazz Band enjoyed a surprise visit from world-renowned composer Carl Strommen during their May 4 rehearsal. 

Strommen is known for composing many genres of music, including vocal, wind band and orchestra. He also composed one of the pieces the jazz band performed at their Spring Concert on May 12.

During the visit, Strommen listened to several musical selections the group was rehearsing, offering tips to help students better perform at the concert.  He also worked with students on the arrangement he created, providing them with insight and advice on their performance. Initially, the students were nervous about performing the composer’s piece, but settled in for a great experience.