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Santiago Jazz Spring Concert Cover

Spring Jazz Program

Santiago Jazz Spring Concert CoverThe Santiago Spring Jazz Program went to print.  For the past school year I’ve had the honor and pleasure of designing (and photographing) all the programs for the award-winning Bands of Santiago Sharks.  This program you see here, is the last Jazz Concert of the season.  (Fall Jazz Program Cover) I set out to design something atypical from the “normal” high school programs.  Plus, as a Graphic Design professor at CBU (California Baptist University), my students mid-term assignment was to design a Jazz Concert Poster – so I was in the zone, I guess.

In putting together my mood board for this project, I noticed a lot of dark colors, busy backgrounds and classic “JAZZ” photos. It quickly became apparent that this was NOT the direction I wanted to take.

First, NO BUSYNESS.  I went with a white background, with lots of negative space.  I then went to find a way to represent a typical Jazz instrument in a new was.  I drew circles to formulate different instruments, but, to me, only the sax worked.  I selected 3 colors and changed up the colors of the circles, in a random pattern.

Since the sax took on a kind of “techno” feel I went out in search of a font that shared that voice.  I borrowed from the same color palette as the circles and – I cover was born.

Only the cover, inside cover, back inside and back cover are in color.  I chose NOT to run the circle theme throughout the inside since, in black, it just cluttered things up. The inside of the front and back covers are photos I took (3PenguinsPhotography.com) of both the Santiago High School and Citrus Hills Intermediate School jazz bands.

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Jazz Band Concert Program

BOSS Jazz ConcertHad to pleasure of being asked to design the Jazz Band Concert program for the award winning Bands Of Santiago Sharks (BOSS). The concert consists of 3 jazz bands and 2 bands from Riverside City College.

Putting together the program is relatively simple as long as we got all the names of the musicians in a timely fashion, whiBOSS Jazz Concertch we did thanks to the BOSS staff.

The don’t have set logo or cover header that they wanted to use.  We chose this font that resembled the keys of a piano, giving it that ‘musical’ feel.

Our challenge was photographs.  Since this is the first Jazz Concert of the season we had no photographs of the bands performing. To get around this wall, I was able to shoot some rehearsals.  Due to the band not being dressed in their tuxedos I chose to shoot close-ups of the instruments with a hint of faces, in some.  This gave the ‘feel’ on a concert without having prior access to a concert. Some of the photographs can be seen at 3 Penguins Photography.

The cover is 4-color glossy whereas the content is grey-scale.

This program is very important to parents of these young musicians.  These a memory keepsakes so making sure that everyone’s names are not only included but also spelled correctly is paramount.  Detail is VERY important.