March Filled with the Sound of Music

A trio of musical performances by the talented community members and students of LSC-Kingwood will delight music lovers throughout the month of March.

The Kingwood Community Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble will kick off the month with a free performance on Thursday, March 5.  The KCSB is made up of both students and community members.  They perform a wide variety of music, including Broadway and show tunes, transcriptions of orchestral works and original compositions for band.  The Jazz Ensemble is comprised of LSC-Kingwood students performing on piano, bass, guitar, drum set, trumpet, and trombone.

Kris Chapman, conductor of the KCSB, says the music for the program will be quite lively and enjoyable for all ages.  "Our concert features the energetic rhythms of Hungarian Gypsy melodies in Puszta, the regalia and pageantry of the famous military unit drawn from Russian nobility in Entry March of the Boyars and the beloved American folk song, Simple Gifts, treated in a unique way by composer John Zdechlik in Chorale and Shaker Dance."

Marvin Sparks, director of the Jazz Ensemble, promises more of the same from his group.  They will perform several selections, including Tengo Tango, Caravan, and Teen Town.  Sparks says Chad Willis, who plays an integral part in the production and performance of this concert, was selected as the lead trumpet player for the TCCBDA (Texas Community College Band Directors Association) All-State Band and performed at the TMEA (Texas Music Educators Association) conference recently.

The Kingwood Big Band will perform on Friday, March 6.  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.  The band will perform selections from Miles Davis, Count Basie and Duke Ellington.

Stubbs is excited to have two guest soloists for the performance.  Marty Maggio plays tenor sax in the style of Boots Randolph and has performed around the Houston area for many years.  "Marty Maggio does some terrific impressions of great artists and he's always a real crowd pleaser," says Stubbs.  LaNette Gregory returns as a guest soloist with the Big Band and will perform several vocal selections. 

Later in the month, the Jazz Ensemble will team up with the Chamber Singers for a free concert on Thursday, March 26.

Each of the 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 on March 5.  Tickets for the March 6 performance of the Kingwood Big Band will be $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors (55+) and $5 for students.  The March 26 performance by the Chamber Singers and Jazz Ensemble is free.  For more information call 281-319-1260.

Register today for May Mini-term (May 11-29), Summer Term I (June 1-July 7) and Summer Term II (July 9-Aug. 13). Students can register in one of three ways: phone, online or on campus.  Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. Current students can register by telephone at 281-519-6625. Former and current students can register online at Kingwood.LoneStar.edu/registration.

For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at Kingwood.LoneStar.edu.

Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including Cy-Fair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and the Lone Star College-University Center. With 49,250 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.