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Big Band Music to Kick-off GCSU Jazz Band Season

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POSTED: October 26, 2006
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Big Band Music to Kick-off GCSU Jazz Band Season

Big Band music from the post-World War II era will kick-off this year's music season for the Georgia College & State University Jazz Band. The opening performance at the Russell Auditorium will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 2, with an encore Friday, Nov. 3. General admission is $6 and $3 for students.

The band will perform a variety of jazz standards, including "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy," which was made famous by drummer Buddy Rich, Sonny Rollins' "Tenor Madness," and Nat King Cole's "Straighten up and Fly Right."

"The swing tradition is alive and flourishing at Georgia College & State University," said Dr. Todd Shiver, associate professor of music and director of bands at GCSU. "With the variety of music offered on this concert, there will be a 'favorite' piece for everyone in the audience."

The program will also feature a performance of "Gospel John" in tribute to the great jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, who passed away last month. In addition, the concert will also feature new jazz compositions, including "Why Musicians Can't Dance" and Michael Bublé's "Feeling Good."

He added that many of the tunes will also be featured by the band when it travels to the Czech Republic next May.

Serving as emcee for the evening is Dr. Bob Wilson, who has supported the jazz band in this capacity for many years.

The GCSU Jazz Band has continued to delight big band fans, not only in Milledgeville, Georgia's old capital, but throughout the state and the Southeast. Featuring a crisp, finely-tuned ensemble, it has earned sincere accolades from many jazz artists who have heard it or played with it.

The band has also recorded two albums, "As Long as We're Swingin'" and "Jump, Jive and Wail" both of which are available for order. More information about each CD and their song lists can be found by visiting the Georgia College website at:

For more information on the concert, contact the Department of Music and Theatre, (478) 445-4226.

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For more information, contact Binky Strickland in University Communications at (478) 445-4477.