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Newberry College Jazz Big Band Concert To Be Held May 4

April 25, 2012

NEWBERRY, S.C. - The Newberry College Jazz Big Band, directed by Bill Long, will perform its final concert of the season Friday, May 4, 2012, at 2:00 p.m.  This program will be held in West Memorial Recital Hall of 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.  This particular concert also gives local jazz lovers a final opportunity to hear the band that recently thrilled audiences as they hosted the 55th Annual Newberry College Jazz Festival, with world-renowned saxophone virtuoso, Chris Vadala. 

The Jazz Band will feature a new composition by senior music major Joseph Schroer, written for senior vocalist Kasey Stuart.  Will O’Dell, sophomore jazz trumpeter, will perform his own take on Miles Davis’ classic “Round Midnight,” and lead trumpeter Joey Finley will do a take on Maynard Ferguson’s “Brazil.”  Lead alto saxophonist Alisa Dunovant will do the Chris Vadala solo on “Children of Sanchez.” Other jazz pieces such as “Bewitched” and “It Had Better Be Tonight” will be sung by Kasey Stuart.  Stan Kenton’s “Body and Soul” and Trombone Shorty’s “Hurricane Season” will round out the program.

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

The graduation concert is also the final musical event at the College and is free and open to the public; however, the concert is not a Fine Arts and Lectures event. 

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