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, May 3, Lone Star College-Kingwood hosts the Kingwood Community Symphonic Band and the Jazz Ensemble, and Saturday, May 12, the Kingwood Big Band is set to perform at Strawbridge United Methodist Church.
The Kingwood Community Symphonic Band, a wind ensemble made up of Lone Star College-Kingwood students and community members, will be performing the works of Robert Sheldon, Henry Fillmore, Dmitri Shostakovich, Harold Arlen, Franz von Suppé, and Johann Strauss.
The Lone Star College-Kingwood Jazz Ensemble, comprised of Lone Star College-Kingwood students performing on piano, bass, guitar, drum set, trumpet, and trombone, will also be featured during the May 3 concert. The music of Jamey Aebersold, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Lee Morgan will be performed.
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 vocalists will perform on Saturday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Strawbridge United Methodist Church in Kingwood.
Members of this band are drawn from throughout the area and include both amateur and professional musicians. The KBB will be featuring the music that will be included in their upcoming European tour to Italy and Switzerland. The program will include vocal performances by LaNette Upp, the Kingwood Big Band's featured singer along with Lone Star College-Kingwood faculty members Todd Miller and Eric Skiles. Music to be featured includes the best of Benny Goodman, Quincy Jones, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Harold Arlen, Benny Carter, and Shorty Jones. Featured vocals include Someone to Watch Over Me, New York New York, How Long Has this Been Goin' On, The Lady is a Tramp, Come Fly with Me, and God Bless the Child.
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. Proceeds from ticket sales for this concert will support these concerts.
Admission is free for the Kingwood Community Symphonic Band and the College Jazz Ensemble, and $10 for the Kingwood Big Band performance.
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.