Southeast Jazz Ensembles to Perform at Buckner’s March 30


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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., March 26, 2012 — Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music is proud to announce the performance of the two highly acclaimed jazz ensembles, Jazz Lab and Studio Jazz, from 8-11 p.m. on Friday, March 30, at Buckner Brewing Co.


Starting the evening will be two University jazz combos, which will feature a small group made up of some of their strongest soloists. These talented young musicians will amaze you with their expressive and artistic playing.

Studio Jazz Ensemble

Southeast’s premier big band, the Studio Jazz Ensemble, returns to Buckner’s to play some of their favorites, including “Hay Burner,” from the Count Basie Orchestra, “Cherry Juice,” from the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, “Reunion at Newport,” from the Woody Herman Orchestra, plus many more. The show will feature vocalist Marie Meunier, who will sing famous jazz standards with each band. Music for big band traditionally includes saxophones, trumpets, trombones and a rhythm section. Featured students include soloist Spencer Day, senior music major; Chris Whited, sophomore music major; saxophonist and Concerto competition-winner Ethan Flood, junior music major; guitarist Dan Boemeke, senior music major; saxophonist Trevor Smith, sophomore music major; trombonist Matt Gates, senior music major; and bass player Kyle Clay, sophomore music major.

Jazz Lab Band

Also performing at the concert will be the 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 “Beantown Blues,” “Spain,” from the Chick Corea Orchestra, “Theme from Sesame Street,” from the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra, and “Bye Bye Blackbird.” Their portion of the program will be quite exciting and will include solos by Sam Harris, sophomore computer science major; guitarist Devin Lorenz, freshman music major; tenor sax player Stephen Watkins, freshman music major; and trumpeter Anthony Jackson, freshman music major.


The event is free; no tickets are required. For more information, contact Robert Conger at (573) 651-2398.