FARMINGTON — The sun was shining on a handful of high school musicians when they gathered on the lawn outside the Civic Center on Thursday.
Country singer Jerrod Niemann and his band held a jam session with musicians from three local high school Thursday afternoon.
Trombonists, saxophonists and trumpet players from Farmington, Piedra Vista, and Kirtland Central high schools taped sheets to benches and accompanied Niemann and his band on some of his hit songs.
Niemann said he hoped to inspire the students to continue on with music.
Alixis Russell, 17, plays saxophone in the Piedra Vista band. She was one of the two saxophonists selected from Piedra Vista to play with Niemann.
“Being able to learn from them has been an awesome experience,” Russell said.
The Kirtland students agreed and added their favorite part was playing the Dixieland section.
Austin Villarial, 17, is a trombone player from Kirtland. He said the experience taught him about having fun and being relaxed while playing.
Farmington High School band director Chris Argotsinger said the schools received the music about a week ago. He said the short amount of time gave the students an idea about what it's like in the professional world.
“It's neat to be able to work with a professional group like this,” Argotsinger said.
He said the experience gave students a glance at what goes on behind the scenes in the professional music world.
Niemann performed at the Civic Center