Missouri Southern's Music Program Performs at a Local Restaurant

By Felicia Lawrence

Published 04/18 2014 09:35PM

Updated 04/18 2014 10:25PM

JOPLIN, MO.--- Students in Missouri Southern's music program are sharing their talents at Gusano's in Joplin. For Jaron Davis, and his band mates, music is a way of life.

"Music to me is a lifestyle. It's an opportunity for people to get a chance to get away from everyday life and release it in some sort of way, that I guess is healthy," said Jaron Davis, MSSU Junior. 

He's starting here, trying to make a difference in other people's lives.

"I'm just on a mission to be a world-class musician," said Davis. 

Missouri Southern's jazz director says dreams like Jaron's are more than possible. They start by getting out into the community.

"We're trying as a music department to take all of our performances away from the four walls of the university, bring it out to the community. And what better way to mix jazz and pizza, it works," said Phil Wise, MSSU Director of Jazz Studies. 

The students received real life experience as a jazz musician by playing at a Gusano's restaurant, while this doesn't make them world class musicians, it does get them pretty close.

"Oh it's wonderful, I love it. Good music, it's fresh. Reminds me of Chicago or New York," said Tim Snider, Jazz Enthusiast. 

"They are just remarkable. I was expecting this, but not near as good as what I'm seeing," said Ladara Brown, Jazz Enthusiast. 

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