Jazz Band Concert previews

On Thursday, February 19th, TU’s jazz bands will have their first concert of the semester.

The concert is one of two planned for the bands this semester. TU’s big bands will perform a variety of selections with solos by visiting artist/composer Walter White.

Big bands are jazz ensembles ranging from twelve to twenty members that were popularized in the 1930s. Although TU is a relatively small school, it has two big bands, levels I and II.

TU’s Big Band II is composed of mostly freshmen and sophomores, with fourteen members. Its program will be pieces chosen from four different selections. TU’s Big Band I is mostly juniors and seniors, with nineteen members. The program will feature composed pieces from ten different selections. Members of both bands include vocalists, trumpets, trombones and a rhythm section.

The concert will feature several of White’s compositions. Vernon Howard, Director of Jazz Studies, taught White at a summer camp in the 1970s and watched his career develop.

White, a trumpet soloist and composer, has traveled the world as a jazz player. He has played with a variety of bands and for several soundtracks. Several of White’s new compositions will have their world premiere at the concert.

The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Gussman Concert Hall in the Lorton Performance Center.

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