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Jazz Band wows audience


Published (Volume 76, No. 30)


Over 100 students, faculty, and family members gathered inside the Harriet Fulton Theatre at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21 to enjoy the musical talent of UTM’s Jazz Band.

The UTM department of music, with director Michael Walsh, and the 25 member band delivered an upbeat performance.

Members of UTM’s Jazz Band include: Megan Hannah, Patrick Ford, Joshua Dodson, Cara Thomas and Teddy Smith (saxophone); Alicia Booher (flute); Kanako Ueda (clarinet); Eli Ellis, Jason Eckford, Jeffrey Trim, Lantonio Jackson and Joe Jones (trombone); Steven Westbrook, Andrew Hampton, Ty Elders, Christina DeBosky, Kevin Price and Gary Nichols (trumpet); Timothy M. Fritz, Richard Henson, Justin Condron, Hideko Umehara, Gary Nichols and Craig Smith (rhythm) and Ryan Leyhue (vocalist).

The evening began with a selection called ‘Kicks and Licks’ by Howard Rowe. The group did an outstanding performance that
captured the audience’s attention from the beginning.

This piece was followed by ‘Embraceable You’ by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin.

‘Satin Doll’ by Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Johnny Mercer was the next selection. Daniel Barry’s’ Baby Weezer’ ended the first half of the night’s performance.

The band returned after a short intermission and treated the audience to ‘Well You Needn’t’ by Thelonious Monk.

“I thought that the first half of the night would be hard to beat, but when the band started after the intermission with the piece from Monk, I knew I had found my favorite,” said UTM alumni Kate Nagler.

‘Dance of Denial’ by Michael Phillip Mossman was the next performance by the band. The instruments were all in time with each other.

The different sounds of the instruments definitely had the audience full of excitement.

The next selection was ‘Hay Burner’ by Sammy Nestico. The night ended with ‘Greetings and Salutations’ by Thad Jones.

This piece was a perfect selection to end the performance and proved to be one of the crowd’s favorites.