Lawrence University jazz band performs at Oshkosh Correctional Institution

OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY-TV) The Lawrence University jazz band performed for the Oshkosh Correctional Institution for inmates on Wednesday.

The concerts have become a staple at the prison after the university was looking for more places for its students to perform.

"I think the band was pretty awesome," said Kendrae, an inmate at Oshkosh Correctional Institution.

"It's thrilling actually, it's entertaining, so we look forward to it, something different here," said Ray, an inmate at Oshkosh Correctional Institution.

Lawrence University has been playing at Oshkosh Correctional Institution for two years. This school year they're playing six concerts.

"We love playing for any audience, this has been the best audience to be honest.” Tim Albright, Lawrence University Assistant Music Professor said. “I mean looking at all the smiles on all these gentleman's faces."

The jazz band performed two, hour-long sets Wednesday for about 200 inmates.

Oshkosh Correctional Institution is thrilled to serve as a stage.

"A break in their day, they may be in school or have work and it's an opportunity to get out and be exposed to something completely different," said Carol Carpenter-Naslund, Oshkosh Correctional Institutional Management Services Director.

It's a chance for these musicians to get more experience, but also a reminder of the impact that live music can have on anyone.

"I'd assume these guys don't have access to music very often. For me personally, if I was in their situation, it'd be really rough,” Lawrence University Sophomore Nathan Glaser said. “So if I were them, I'd really appreciate that a lot."

"It is a plus on our part, that somebody would take time to share their entertainment, grant us their time, so we appreciate it," said Ray.