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|Snyder Elevates The Music|
|Monday, 30 April 2012 11:17|
The January concert was billed “Elevate the Music” and although that may have been a play on the name of the sponsor, Elevation Clothing, junior Jack Snyder and his crew truly lived up to the title as they elevated the sold-out crowd at Woodstock’s Town Hall onto their feet at this amazing concert.
As he belted out a range of music from an original tune to songs by many of the top performers of the last several decades, Jack truly showed his versatility as a performer. Usually backed up by a full band of professional musicians (Michael Zoldos, Bill Wightman, Brendan Dowd, David Tonkin, and David Ellis), Jack also performed one song alone as he accompanied himself on the guitar and for another, he demonstrated his astounding drumming skills. Seniors Sydney Jantos, Alex Beda, and Jack’s voice coach Jenny Barry, served as back-up singers adding great feminine vocals and flair to the event.
The event came together in about a month, but with a lot of work. After an extensive process of locating a venue, a band, set list, and advertisements for the event, Jack’s vision became a reality.
“It felt really good seeing it all come together in the end,” says Jack. “Being a part of the band that only had the music several weeks and rehearsed only a few times together was really exciting and inspiring.”
After Jack faced the biggest obstacle of time, he was ready to perform in front of a live audience of his family, friends and community members. “I don’t think the nerves really hit me until an hour before the show,” Jack admits.
The Town Hall Theater was sold out by the start of the show and the excitement was audible from each row. Jack speaks to some of the highlights of the night, “There were several highlights, in fact the whole night was a big one. But, I think first walking out on stage and seeing all my friends, family, and even people I had never seen out there sticks out the most.”
A drummer to begin with, it has only been about a year since Jack first stepped out from behind the drums to share his inspiring vocals with his audience. In fact, that first Best
The concert was extremely well received by the entire audience, who applauded Jack with a standing ovation. Thursday performance in the fall of 2010 where he sang right here at WUHS, helped encourage Jack to move forward with his singing rather than just playing the drums.
While a concert like this was new for Jack, music has always been a big part of his life. His entire family has a passion for music. “I’ve always been surrounded by it. I have some video footage of me singing in the crib, so I know I’ve been doing that [singing] for some time now,” Jack jokes.
However, he is new to songwriting which he has started to explore this past year. “For me there is no better form of enjoyment or expression. It’s a craft I hope to keep developing for the rest of my life,” he explains.
When asked if he wants to pursue a musical career in the future, Jack replies with a strong, “Yes.”
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