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Kingwood Big Band on European Tour

The Kingwood Big Band is honored to have been selected to perform at the Montreux Jazz Festival in July. Attended by more than 250,000 jazz fans in 2006, Switzerland's Montreux Jazz Festival is one of the most prestigious jazz festivals in the world, and the Kingwood Big Band is pleased to be able to represent Lone Star College-Kingwood and Houston through this global venue.

The Kingwood Big Band's European Tour is scheduled for July 10-16 and will include performances at the Mississippi Jazz Club in Rome; the Assisi Music Festival in Assisi, Italy; and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

The Kingwood Big Band includes 18 instrumentalists and features vocalist LaNette Gregory-Upp. The band will be joined in their European performances by guest vocalists Dr. Todd Miller, Lone Star College-Kingwood choral director, and Eric Skiles, Lone Star College-Kingwood theatre director and chair of Visual Performing Arts. Members of the band come from virtually all walks of life and include doctors, lawyers, teachers, law enforcement officials and business men and women from throughout the Kingwood area.

The Kingwood Big Band, founded in September 2004, is a group of local musicians dedicated to the performance of the finest music of the big band genre. The band was organized under the sponsorship of Lone Star College-Kingwood and the Lone Star College System under the direction of James Stubbs, Lone Star College-Kingwood director of bands and professor of music.

The band boasts an extensive repertoire of new and historic arrangements of music made famous by the greatest musicians and composers of the golden age of American popular song - the music of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Harold Arlen and other contributors to the "Great American Songbook" are well represented, and songs made popular by such greats as Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller are common fare for the Kingwood Big Band.

Equally at home performing in concert, outdoor venues or performing for dancers, the Kingwood Big Band's presentation is often elegant, but the focus is always on entertainment - a Kingwood Big Band performance is never a stuffy affair.

For more information about membership in any of the Lone Star College-Kingwood instrumental ensembles, please contact Jim Stubbs at 281-312-1730 or by e-mail at James.D.Stubbs@lonestar.edu.

The Lone Star College System is among the largest and fastest growing community college districts in Texas. It comprises Lone Star College-North Harris, Lone Star College-Kingwood, Lone Star College–Tomball, Lone Star College–Montgomery, Lone Star College–CyFair, six satellite centers and The University Center. For more information about Lone Star College System and its programs, visit www.lonestar.edu or call 832-813-6500.