Community Symphony, Jazz Band & Big Band Events Next Week

Published on: April 23, 2008

Music lovers should mark their calendars for two upcoming concerts at Lone Star College-Kingwood.  The Kingwood Community Symphonic Band and Kingwood Jazz Ensemble will perform on Thursday, May 1 and the Kingwood Big Band will perform on Friday, May 2. 

The Kingwood Community Symphonic Band was formed in the fall of 2005 and is made up of students and community members.  They will perform selections by Gustav Holst, Johannes Brahms, Johann Strauss, and George Gershwin. The Kingwood Community Symphonic Band is proud to feature xylophonist Luis Cabrera performing Galop from The Comedians by Dmitri Kabalevsky.  The band will also perform an original composition by band member Mac Jones entitled "Ode to Ebony" featuring LSC-Kingwood English professor Dr. David Ragsdale on clarinet.

The Jazz Ensemble is comprised of LSC-Kingwood students and led this year by adjunct professor Patrick Brink.  They will perform a selection of contemporary jazz hits.

The community-based Kingwood Big Band will present a selection of contemporary and traditional jazz standards including Harry James, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and Johnny Mercer.

Featured performers for this concert will include vocals by the Kingwood Big Band's vocalist LaNette Gregory and LSC-Kingwood's Grace Dada as well asHouston musician Marty Maggio on vocals and tenor saxophone.  Maggio is a veteran Nashville performer with numerous recording credits, including stints with Roy Orbison, the Nashville Horns, and the Nashville Cats.

The Kingwood Big Band is led by LSC-Kingwood band director James Stubbs.  The band is made up of both amateur and professional musicians from the community.  Last summer they were honored with an invitation to perform at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival.  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 Jazz Ensemble performance.  General admission is $15 for the Kingwood Big Band, with discounts for seniors and students ($10 senior, $5 students).  All proceeds of the Kingwood Big Band performances will go to support scholarships for LSC-Kingwood Fine Arts students and the activities of the Kingwood Musical Arts Society.

For more information about these performances call 281-312-1532. For information on membership in any of the LSC-Kingwood instrumental ensembles, please contact Jim Stubbs at 281-312-1730 or James.D.Stubbs@lonestar.edu.

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