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Twilight Tunes jazzes up October and kicks off the autumn season

Twilight Tunes jazzes up October and kicks off the autumn season

October 04
15:22 2017

Notes blasted through the air as a trumpet and guitar played the sweet melodies of jazz for a crowd Sunday evening at the Square for the 24th annual Twilight Tunes fall series.

The free fall series takes place every Sunday in October and is organized by the Denton Main Street Association.

“This time of year, we usually draw around 100 to 150 people a week,” organizer Kathy Glasschroeder said. “We do Sundays in the fall — more people can come out that way.”

The appeal of outdoor “family time” is a major aspect of the event. All along the lawn, children could be seen laughing and playing while their parents enjoyed the music.

“Our mission for the program is to provide a good field of entertainment for families and individuals to come out and enjoy the Square and some nice music,” Glaschroeder said.

The NM Jazztet put on a show that was great for a nice evening outside.

“The crowd was very nice and the people were willing to listen to us — that’s all we ask,” trumpet player Nick McLean said. “People stayed. That’s a good sign, right?”

The band said they were just happy to be playing in front of a fun, accepting crowd.

All of the members of NM Jazztet are UNT alumni except for one member, who is a current student. The group is still fairly new at a little over a year old.

“We took a bit to get going, but we play at least a few times a month now,” McLean said.

The band formed last summer and now plays shows at places in Dallas such as Chocolate Secrets and Two Corks and a Bottle. The band used to have a regular gig, but they are now looking for a new weekly show.

“The restaurant we used to play at all the time closed down, so we’ve been looking for something new,” McLean said.

Some of the band brought support from home to Twilight Tunes in the form of friends and family.

“This is their first time playing here,” McLean’s wife Laura Umana said. “We didn’t know what to expect, but this has been a great turnout. They play in Dallas a lot, but they’re all from UNT. It just makes sense that they come play here too.”

Fans seemed to enjoy the evening and used it as an opportunity to see loved ones.

Attendees Anthony Milas and Norma Perez arrived a little late, but they still had ample time to enjoy the entertainment.

They came to the Square on a whim and were not disappointed.

“I love jazz, so this is great,” Milas said. “The band is great.”

Milas is from Lewisville and Perez is from Decatur, so they use Denton as a meeting point for when they get together.

“I used to live and go to school here, and Denton is a halfway point for us, so we like to hang out here,” Perez said.

Local couple Susan Smith and Dave Smith are avid supporters of the Twilight Tunes series, and they have gone to almost every Twilight Tunes event since its creation 24 years ago.

“We come out any time of year — spring, fall, whatever,” Dave said. “We love this event and the music.”

As long-time Denton residents, they both have strong positive opinions of the community.

“Dallas couldn’t do something like this — it’s too big,” Dave said. “Austin definitely couldn’t do this. Denton is the new Austin.”

The Smiths have been living in Denton for 32 years and have a huge appreciation for the college town locale.

“We like the youthfulness here,” Dave said. “We come out and support the younger people. The college presence here and the students here keep Denton and the Square alive, so we’re all for it.”

However, Dave believes the large college student population in Denton should never deter other generations from visiting and enjoying the city’s spirit and events like Twilight Tunes.

“I had a guy ask me if older people ever really went to the Square or if it was just younger folks,” Dave said. “He didn’t want to stick out. I told him Denton is welcoming. Everyone gets along with everybody.”

The fall Twilight Tunes series was one of the first autumn-themed events to kick off October, and it’s just one of the autumnal and spooky attractions the community offers during this festive time of year.

Featured Image: NT Jazztet performs Sunday night on the Square as part of Twilight Tunes. Twilight Tunes is a concert series that occurs every Sunday during the month of October. Kelsey Shoemaker

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