I went to a concert the night of Jan. 14 at the Civic (better known these days as Rabobank Theater) and saw The Riders of the Purple Sage. As we entered the lobby, we heard this great jazz band playing. They were fantastic. They were playing "oldies but goodies." A young girl was singing "Blue Moon." The large crowd watching then gave them a big ovation. We listened to them for 30 minutes and then went to our seats.

We asked Kate, our usher, who they were and she said they were the Taft Union High Jazz Band, directed by Amanda Posey. Because of the horrible event that had occurred at school Jan. 10, they had been afraid the band would not show up. But being the troopers they are, the band decided "the show must go on." My hat is off to them for showing us that no matter what happens, we must go on with our lives. Bravo to Amanda and the great kids in the Taft High Jazz Band.

Al B. Gonzales Jr.