The Modern Riffs is a high energy musical mentoring group where talented high school musicians perform alongside experienced musicians. They were formed in 2008 by local saxophonist Bruce Phelps with the idea of providing an opportunity for young musicians to develop their musical skills, and gain confidence by performing in public. The older musicians in the group serve as mentors, and in turn are energized by the talent and enthusiasm the younger musicians. They frequently perform at concerts, = dance clubs and civic events. Since inception, the group has fielded nearly 50 young musicians, many of whom have gone on to pursue music as their career—either teaching or performing. Performances highlight modern jazz, in combination with 70’s and 80’s classic rock and funk, along with contemporary pop. This high quality, high energy group features 5 horns (trumpet, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax, and trombone), a female lead vocal, and a powerhouse rhythm section.
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