November 21, 2003
David Rasnake, Communications Assistant
On Thursday, Dec. 4, the Maryville College Jazz Band will present an evening of jazz in its final performance of the year. The concert, which begins at 7 p.m. in the College’s Fine Arts Center Music Hall, is free and open to the public.
The 12-member big band will perform a program of jazz standards, drawn from a number of styles and eras. Featured works include Kenny Dorham’s “Blue Bossa” and “Summertime” by legendary composer and pianist George Gershwin.
Additionally, a combo band featuring five members from the larger ensemble will perform modern and improvisational pieces by John Coltrane, Miles Davis and others.
According to Dr. Bill Swann, associate professor of music and director of the College’s Jazz Band, the Dec. 4 concert will be the culmination of a semester’s worth of work.
“ I’m really proud of the Jazz Band this year,” Swann said. “They have worked hard to get to this level of musicianship.
“ This is the best group that I’ve directed during my time [at Maryville College].”
Throughout the year, the Jazz Band performs at various campus and community events, and gives instructional performances at local elementary and high schools. The group was recently featured on WBIR’s “Live at Five” news program.
For more information, call the Maryville College Fine Arts Center at 865.981.8150.
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 2013 semester was 1,168.