March 27, 2012
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
The Maryville College Jazz Band will present its 2012 Spring Concert on Thurs., April 5 at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall.
The event is free and open to the public.
Directed by composer, educator and pianist Dr. Bill Swann, who is also chair of the Maryville College Division of Fine Arts, the band will perform “Gingerbread Boy” by Jimmy Heath; “Mack the Knife” by Weill & Brecht; “Shoshanna” by Mark Levine; “I Got Rhythm” by Gershwin & Gershwin; “Mr. P.C.” by John Coltrane; “Feels So Good,” by Chuck Mangione; “Moonlight in Vermont” by Blackburn & Suessdorf; and “The Jody Grind” by Horace Silver.
“The concert is focused on improvisation, and the compositions are well-known standards in the jazz community,” Swann said. “I’m very proud of the work this group has accomplished this year.”
Jazz Band members are: Carrie West, soprano saxophone; Sam Turpen, trombone; Kevin Krapf, drums/percussion; Chris Hickman, drums/percussion; Adam Loo, electric mandolin; Donovan Reeves, piano; Erin Carter, vocals; Sam Boring, bass; and Colton McNabb, guitar.
The concert will be the final concert with the Jazz Band for two graduating seniors, Krapf and Carter.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state‘s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2012 semester was 1,093.