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2012 was the most successful year to date for The Project H! This seven-piece instrumental outfit has shared the stage with national acts: The Bad Plus, Rebirth Brass Band, Big Sam, Yojimbo, and Snarky Puppy. The Project H traveled to New Orleans to play for a packed house at the legendary Howlin’ Wolf during the first weekend of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. The Project H was able to show off it’s versatility by playing at rock clubs, festivals, coffee shops, dive bars and jazz clubs with reggae acts, hard rock bands, bluegrass groups, rappers, funk groups and indie rock bands. The group was asked to play for the Major League Baseball All-Star Fan Fest during All-Star week in Kansas City. The group was also nominated for it’s first Pitch Music Award for “Best Jazz Ensemble.”
These performances were in support of the group’s 2nd studio recording, “Become Light.” The release features nine original songs by trombonist, Ryan Heinlein that are sure to keep your mind and feet intrigued. “Become Light” was named the second best jazz release in Kansas City in 2012 by the Plastic Sax blog. The guy that got first (Pat Metheny), won a Grammy.
As an educational outlet, The Project H was able to give clinics to several colleges, high schools and middle schools in Missouri and Kansas. The group was able to perform for these students, work with their bands, give sectionals and masterclasses. Topics included but were not limited to: choosing colleges, basics of improvisation, composing, finding your voice, becoming a professional musician, moving to a new city and networking. More clinics are being scheduled for the upcoming 2013-14 school year.
2013 is starting off just as strong. The Project H has opened up for two national touring acts from New Orleans, Cliff Hines and Gravity A. The band also arranged all twenty songs from Beck’s newest project, Song Reader. The debut of Beck’s Song Reader sold out the Record Bar in Kansas City. The Project H has been asked to play at the Cotillion Ballroom with Monophonics in Wichita, Kansas. The Project H is currently writing new music in preparation for it’s third release, due out next Spring.