By Vincent D. Scebbi
MONTVILLE TWP. — From their beginnings at Medina High School’s talent show, members of Jazz Tan Laundry are beginning to play at venues outside of their drummer’s basement.
The quartet is set to be an opening act for Jazz Under the Stars concerts Aug. 20 and Sept. 3 on Medina’s Public Square.
Jazz Tan Laundry is composed of Ryan Rose on saxophone, Conner Green on drums, Ryan McMullen on bass and Dan Piero on keyboard.
Piero said the ensemble’s roots trace back to his friendship with McMullen, who he’s known since sixth grade. Through McMullen he met Rose and through him, Piero was introduced to Green.
Rose assembled the group to play at the Medina’s Students Participating in Creative Entertainment show held in January. For their performance, they covered Dave Rubick’s “Take 5.”
The group’s name is a parody of the reality TV show “Jersey Shore saying, “gym, tan, laundry,” Green said.
All members of the group are 16 years old and will be juniors at Medina.
Rose, McMullen and Green are in the high school Show Choir; Rose and Green are in Concert Choir; and Rose, McMullen and Piero participate in the school’s band and orchestra programs.
Green also plays on the high school baseball team.
Rose said Jazz Tan Laundry is an exception to the typical musical ensembles formed by high school students, which tend to be in the alternative or rap genres.
“There’s so much music out there and it’s getting limited (in our generation). Jazz is declining and people don’t know about it,” he said.
Piero said he began playing piano four years ago and brings influences from groups like Ben Folds Five and The Fray.
“It’s a different taste for a society obsessed with guitars,” he said.
Rose said he got his start on saxophone six years ago, adding he’s “always grown up with music.”
His father also plays sax.
Green said he enjoys playing jazz more than any other style.
“There’s no better jazz instrument than the saxophone, in my opinion,” he said. “It’s just easy to groove to.”
Each member of Jazz Tan Laundry said he wants to keep playing.
Green said he hopes to continue playing drums for different bands and to play in clubs with friends.
McMullen said he doesn’t want to lose his playing abilities and hopes to continue playing in college.
Piero said he plans to minor in music, but is uncertain about a music major because of limited possibilities in the field.
“I know I want to stay in touch and stick with jazz, not as a career, but as a huge hobby,” Rose said.
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