Jazz Big Band Graduation Concert

April 25, 2013

The Newberry College Jazz Big Band will perform its final concert of the season on Friday, May 3, 2013, at 2:00 PM. This program will be held in West Memorial Recital Hall in the Alumni Music Center on the Newberry College Campus. During the Graduation Concert, the band will recognize all the senior members of the ensemble and the graduating class as a whole.

The Big Band will feature a brand new composition by sophomore music major, Andrew Schultz, which he has written for retiring director, Bill Long. He has called the piece “Let ‘Er Fly Now”, a phrase Mr. Long uses when he wants things to get pretty loud. James Boatright will do his take on Miles Davis’ “Blue In Green”. James and Joey Finley will do Doc Severinsen’s “Notte Roma”. James, Joey and Carlton Kinard will do Chris Wofford’s “En Sueno”. New vocalist, Elizabeth Chastain, will sing two old classics, “Cry Me a River” and “The Best Is Yet To Come”, plus Brian Setzer’s “Jumpin’ East of Java”. She will also do Norah Jones’ “Don’t Know Why”. Other pieces will include “May’s Way”, “Goomba Boomba” and, of course, Woody Herman’s “Woodchopper’s Ball”.

The “Most Valuable Player” award is also awarded at concert and is given to the member who is deemed by the other members of the band to have been the most indispensable member for the group’s success throughout that year. The MVP award is given in memory of long-time Newberry College Band Director, Charles P. Pruitt.

The Graduation Concert is also the final musical event at the college and will be the final concert under the direction of Bill Long, who is retiring at the end of this year. The concert is free and open to the public.

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