Eastern New Mexico University recently hosted its annual Big Band Dance at the State Theater in Clovis, NM. Live music from the ENMU Jazz Ensemble brought an exuberating touch from the 1920’s to encourage anyone to dance. ENMU students came in their most elegant outfits to dance to high spirited tunes and enjoy a time from the past.
“Portales could use more of this type of setting because it provides a pleasurable jazzy experience,” said Jazz Ensemble member and music education major Duncan Miller.
The Jazz Ensemble was accompanied by vocalists Zane Burden, Abby Proctor, Isaiah Guerrero, Maggie Gomez, and Hannah Weeks.
“I love collaborating with the jazz band because it takes me back to the 1920’s,” said vocalist and music education major Maggie Gomez.
“We love the music and energy that the Big Band Dance provides,” said students Cassie Aguilar and Phenix Cole. They mentioned that most of their friends were in the jazz ensemble, so they came to support these people.
Guests at the Big Band Dance included the performing artists of DDAT, including rapper Def-I, and members of the trio known as the Delbert Anderson Trio: Delbert Anderson, Nicholas Lucero, and Mike McCluhan. DDAT incorporates jazz, poetic rap, and elements of Native American culture into their music.
The band originated here in New Mexico, now they are traveling across the state to perform their creative sound. For the Big Band Dance, D-Dat played their most popular song “Diversity.”