Kingwood College Band Groups Set to Perform

The Lone Star College-Kingwood music department offers two opportunities for music lovers to hear the sounds of classical favorites, swing and big band standards. On Thursday, Oct. 25, Lone Star College-Kingwood hosts the Kingwood Community Symphonic Band and Lone Star College-Kingwood Jazz Ensemble, and Friday, Oct. 26, the Kingwood Big Band is set to perform. 

The performance by the Kingwood Community Symphonic Band will mark the beginning of their third season. A wind ensemble group, made up of Lone Star College-Kingwood students and community members, the Kingwood Community Symphonic Band was founded in the fall of 2005 by KC band director James Stubbs and continues to actively recruit members from the community. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 7-9.50 p.m. in the Performing Arts Theatre in the Student Center/Fine Arts Building on the Lone Star College-Kingwood campus. Performances are held twice each semester.

The Kingwood Community Symphonic Band will perform Amparito Roca, a classic march in the Spanish tradition by Jaime Texidor; American Overture by Joseph Willcox Jenkins; Pavanne from Symphonette No. 2 by Morton Gould; Gilbert and Sullivan: Symphonic Suite, featuring selections from H.M.S Pinafore, The Mikado, and The Pirates of Penzance; Folk Dances by Dmitri Shostakovich; and the great circus march Barnum and Bailey's Favorite by Karl L. King.

The Kingwood Community Symphonic band will be joined onstage by the Lone Star College-Kingwood Jazz Ensemble.  The KC Jazz Ensemble is an 11-member jazz combo whose members are primarily Lone Star College-Kingwood Students.  The KC Jazz ensemble will perform Hustle and Shuffle by Jamey Aebersold; Kansas City by Mike Stoller and Jerry Lieber; Killer Joe by Benny Golson; and Spain by Chick Corea.

The Kingwood Big Band, a community-based band in the classic big-band tradition, with five saxophones, four trombones, five trumpets, a full rhythm section, and often features vocalists will perform on Friday, Oct. 26.

Members of this band are drawn from throughout the area and include both amateur and professional musicians. The Kingwood Big Band will be performing new and favorite selections from their extensive repertoire, including selections performed on their recent European tour as well as several great new additions to the line-up by Quincy Jones, Artie Shaw, Bob Crosby and more.

The Kingwood Big Band was honored with an invitation to perform at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in July of 2007. Now in its 41st year, The Montreux Jazz Festival is one of the world's most prominent jazz destinations, and the Lone Star College-Kingwood Big Band was honored to be able to participate and represent Kingwood and the Houston area. In addition, the band performed concerts in Rome and Assisi as part of their European tour.

Both upcoming concerts will be held at the Student Center/Fine Arts Building Performing Arts Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free for the Kingwood Community Symphonic Band and $15 for the Kingwood Big Band performance.  The Kingwood Big Band is proud to have recently become affiliated with the Kingwood Musical Arts Society.  All proceeds of the Kingwood Big Band performances will go to support scholarships for Lone Star College-Kingwood Fine Arts students and the activities of the Kingwood Musical Arts Society.

For more information about these performances or 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.

Lone Star College System, one of the five largest and fastest growing community college districts in Texas, comprises Lone Star College-North Harris, Lone Star College-Kingwood, Lone Star College–Tomball, Lone Star College–Montgomery, Lone Star College–CyFair and six satellite centers and The University Center. For more information on the programs and services of the college district, please visit the Web site at http://www.lonestar.edu/ or call 832-813-6500.