Sweet Dillard

Sweet Dillard

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 9:00pm - 10:00pm

One of the most successful high school jazz bands in the country is in Broward County, South Florida. Sweet Dillard chronicles the 2013-2014 school year of the Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble, and their inspirational bandleader Christopher Dorsey that insists on all members of the band learn respect for one another.

Watch  Airs 4/7 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-World 21.2/Cable 1275. Re-airs  4/8 at 1 a.m., 4/12 at 5 a.m., 4/12 at 11a.m., 4/12 at 3p.m., 4/13 at 6 p.m. 4/14 at 10 a.m., 4/14 at 4 p.m.

The no-nonsense Dorsey lays downs the law from the first beat, calling out his students' tendency to form into cliques of black and white, automatically inhabiting separate sides of the rehearsal room, something he won't tolerate. "You don't have to like each other, but you're gonna respect each other," Dorsey declares. The documentary also follows several of the jazz students and their families, including: Ulysses, a keyboardist who lost his father at a young age; Chris, who once stole cars and sold drugs before breaking away from his pill-addicted mother; and Kim, an intense perfectionist with Asperger's Syndrome, who manages to shed his inhibitions with the band. At the end of the year, they travel to New York City for the national championships, determined to make their families and South Florida proud.

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