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Christy West - Rascals Band Leader

 

Christy West began her violin studies at the age of seven in Washington State.  She studied privately with the late Ms. Zita Smetko until entering Whitman College where she majored in Music and English.  In 1988 Christy moved to New Orleans, Louisiana and began her teaching career with the St. Tammany Parish School.  After a short break to get married (with Rascal Helio Zavalza), to finish a Masterís of Music degree at the University of New Orleans, and to teach in Santiago, Chile for two years, she returned to Louisiana for good.  Christy is a member of the bluegrass band HAZEL and the DELTA RAMBLERS, who perform regularly at the Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans.   She grew up (thanks to her mother) loving the music of the Swing era and has always dreamed of playing this type of music.  The band, CHRISTY and the RASCALS, is a result of her love for this musical style.

 

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