Saxophone quartet performs for local nursing home and assisted living residence
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From left are Demetri Gonzalez, Jamiee Contreras, Juan Casas and A.J. Arredondo, all members of “The Saxy Bunch”
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On Dec. 17, four talented A.C. Jones High School band members helped bring in the Christmas spirit at the Woodridge Nursing Home by performing traditional holiday music for the residents.

On the following day, they performed and spent quality time with the residents of the 801 Gramman assisted living residence. The saxophone quartet, known as “The Saxy Bunch,” consists of three different types of saxophones. Senior Jaimee Contreras plays the soprano sax, sophomore A.J. Arredondo and junior Juan Casas play the alto sax and junior Demetri Gonzalez plays the baritone sax. The quartet was brought together by A.J. Arredondo, who also arranges all music played by the group.

Last year, he asked a few of his friends if they would like to participate in a musical group for the community and they all agreed. “We wanted to give back to the community and help spread holiday cheer,” said the group.

This is the second year they have performed during the holidays for the residents. “They enjoy having us perform and we are privileged to be in their company,” said Arredondo. “There is no better feeling than knowing you have made someone’s day by doing what you love.”

They plan to return to the homes in the spring to perform as a jazz ensemble and hope to play for other community organizations in the near future.
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