Kingwood College band groups to perform March 8, 9

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 and contemporary jazz. On Thursday, March 8, Lone Star College-Kingwood hosts the Kingwood Community Symphonic Band and the Jazz Ensemble, and Friday, March 9, the Kingwood Big Band is set to perform.

This will mark the most ambitious performance to date for the Kingwood Community Symphonic Band featuring the works of Ralph Vaughn Williams, Robert Russell Bennett, Frank Ticheli, Henry Fillmore, and K.L. King.

The Lone Star College-Kingwood Jazz Ensemble is comprised of Lone Star College-Kingwood students who perform on piano, bass, guitar, drum set, trumpet, and trombone will also be performing.

A wind ensemble group, made up of Lone Star College-Kingwood students and community members, the Kingwood Community Symphonic Band, continues to actively recruit members from the community.

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, March 9.

Members of this band are drawn from throughout the area and include both amateur and professional musicians. Numbers that have become audience favorites, along with new arrangements will be featured such as the music of Sammy Nestico, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, and classics of all eras of American popular music.

The Kingwood Big Band has been honored with an invitation to perform as part of the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in July of 2007. In addition, the band will perform concerts in Rome and Assisi as part of this tour. Much of the music performed for this concert will also be part of the band’s European tour.

Both 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 the College Jazz Ensemble, and $10 for the Kingwood Big Band performance with all proceeds benefiting the upcoming European summer tour.

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 www.lonestar.edu or call 832-813-6500.