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LSC-Kingwood invites community to Jazz Festival

LSC-Kingwood invites community to Jazz Festival
The Jazz Festival is on March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in LSC-Kingwood’s Student Conference Center.

Music lovers are invited to tap their toes at an evening of jazz at Lone Star College-Kingwood.

The Kingwood Big Band, under the direction of Alfredo Vélez, will present an exciting Jazz Festival on March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in Lone Star College-Kingwood’s Student Conference Center (SCC). This year’s festival will headline renowned saxophonist Eric Marienthal, who began his professional career in 1980 with famed New Orleans trumpeter, Al Hirt. The festival is sponsored by Music & Arts in Humble.

“We are inviting the community to come out for a great night of fine jazz without having to drive into Houston”, Velez said. “Eric is an accomplished and well-known musician. The audience will leave energized and entertained.”

In addition to the students, employees and community, the Jazz Festival is also open to middle school and high school bands. Prior to his performance, Marienthal will host a free master class for inspiring musicians on March 5 at 4 p.m. in the SCC.

During his career, Marienthal recorded six CDs with Chick Corea’s band, where he received two of his five Grammy nominations. He won a Grammy as part of the GRP Super Live CD. The musician has performed with notable artists such as Elton John, Barbara Streisand, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Burt Bacharach, Aaron Neville, Johnny Mathis, Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, George Duke, David Benoit, The Rippingtons, The Jeff Lorber Fusion, The Gordon Goodwin Big Phat Band, Brian Culbertson, Patti Austin, Lou Rawls, David Lee Roth, The Yellowjackets, B.B. King, Ramsey Louis, Patti Labelle, Olivia Newton-John and many others. For additional information on Marienthal, visit www.ericmarienthal.com.

The Kingwood Big Band began 11 years ago and is a part of the Lake Houston Musical Arts Society. The 18-piece big band is comprised of a local doctor, engineer, wine salesman, and professor, combined with numerous music teachers and professional players from the north part of Houston. The band rehearses and performs at LSC-Kingwood.

Tickets to the Jazz Festival are $15 for general admission and $10 for students and senior citizens age 55 and older. Tickets are available online or at the door.  For more information on the Jazz Festival or to participate in the festival, contact Alfredo Vélez, director of band at LSC-Kingwood, at Alfredo.Velez@LoneStar.edu or 281-318-4335. For ticket information, visit www.lhmas.org or call 832-779-1492. 

Register now for credit classes online through myLoneStar.  Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. For more information on how to register online, visit www.lonestar.edu/registration.

For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm.

Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Stephen C. Head is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.