The Proviso East High School jazz band was among four area high school groups to perform at the annual regional conference of the Superintendents’ Commission for the Study of Demographics and Diversity January 29 through 30 at the Tinley Park Convention Center in Tinley Park.
The Proviso East jazz band provided the entertainment before and during lunch for several hundred school district superintendents and other school administrators on January 29. The conference was attended primarily by elementary and secondary educators from Chicago area school districts that focused on, among other items, researching educational opportunities for minority students.
Mr. Reginald Wright, director of the Proviso East bands, said that they were asked to perform by Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209 and a member of the Commission.
"The group has some notoriety," Mr. Wright said. "The people who attended enjoyed it very much. The performance went very well."
Dr. Collins-Hart said that the jazz band at Proviso East is among the best in the region and deserved the spotlight in front of educational leaders from the region.
"The Proviso East jazz band is one of the many groups in which we take pride in our District," she said. "They continue to show that they are among the best jazz bands in the region and they should be congratulated on all of their success."
Along with the Proviso East jazz band, the Thornton High School jazz band, the Rich South High School band, and the combined concert choir from Thornton Fractional North and South high schools also performed during the concert.