Southeast Jazz Ensembles to Perform at Buckner’s March 25



March 21, 2011– Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music announces the performance of two highly acclaimed jazz ensembles on Friday, March 25, at a local Cape Girardeau restaurant. Buckner Brewing Company will host the Jazz Lab and the Studio Jazz ensembles in a free performance from 8 to 11 p.m.  


The evening will begin with two University jazz combos featuring a small group made up of some of ensembles’ strongest soloists.   These talented young musicians will entertain with their expressive and artistic playing. 

Studio Jazz Ensemble

The premier big band, the Studio Jazz Ensemble, returns to Buckner’s playing some of their favorites, including “Milestones,” “Big Brother,” “Seven Steps to Heaven” and “A Tribute to Art Fern,” plus many more.  The show will feature music for the big band which traditionally includes saxophones, trumpets, trombones and a rhythm section.   Featured students include drumset soloist Chris Whited of St. Louis, a sophomore music major;  saxophonist and Concerto competition winner Ethan Flood of Steele, Mo., a junior music major;  guitarist Bryndon Lee of Cape Girardeau, a freshman industrial engineering major;  saxophonist Trevor Smith of Jackson, Mo., a freshman music major;  trumpeter Nathan Nall of Cape Girardeau, a sophomore music major; trombonist Matt Gates of Dexter, Mo, a junior music major; and Jason Heeter of Cape Girardeau on electric bass, a senior music major. 

Jazz Lab Band

Also performing at the concert will be the Southeast University’s Jazz Lab Band.  This band is comprised of both music and non-music majors and will be playing a variety of jazz compositions including “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Blues in the Closet,” “Work Song” and “Go Down Gamblin’.”   This portion of the program will include solos by Ethan Flood; guitarist Dan Boemeke of Fenton, Mo., a sophomore music major; bassist Kyle Clay of Dexter, Mo., a freshman music major, and trumpeter Jermal Gray of Normandy, Mo., a senior music major.

For further information on the performance, contact Robert Conger at (573) 651-2398.