“There is also a lot of practicing,” the 18-year-old said.
But jazz has a calling like no other.
“I like the free style and how creative you can get,” Conti said.
He wants to eventually attend Keene State University to study music education.
Fellow Londonderry High jazz musician Matthew Marzolo played drums in the festival. From a percussion standpoint, the 17-year-old summed up his views on jazz.
“It’s like playing melody on the drums,” he said.
He also hopes to be a music major after high school.
Rivello told students there is a lot of different music in the world, but one thing should stand out — that’s how musicians garner respect for their craft from their peers and those who listen to the music.
“It’s all about the way you carry yourself, the professionalism,” Rivello said.