Yesterday, the jazz bands were visited by 2008 OHS graduate Chad O'Brien. Chad followed up an excellent career in our music program to go to the prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. After graduating, he moved back to Chicagoland, where he now lives and teaches.
Chad gave a presentation that he is hoping to also give at several conferences in the next year about ways to develop young improvisers using blues melodies. The session was extremely informative and helpful, and our students have many more tools at their disposal when trying to solo.