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Jazz Writers Big Band to present concert


JONESBORO – The Jonesboro Jazz Writers Big Band will present a concert on Sunday, June 1, at 3 p.m. in the Donald R. Minx Rehearsal Hall on the Arkansas State University campus.

This performance will be the third concert for this band, having performed this past summer and fall.  The Donald R. Minx Rehearsal Hall is the university band room located in the south hall of the Fine Arts Center, 2412 Quapaw Way.

This concert is free and open to the public.

This organization is unique in that “we play music written by band members for this big band,” said Dr. Tom O’Connor, co-leader of the JWBB.  The original idea for this group came from Dr. Don Bowyer, dean of the College of Fine Arts and co-leader of the group.

This concert will feature compositions and arrangements by O’Connor, Bowyer and Joseph Curtis.

The band personnel consists of high school and university music educators, retired musicians, A-State students and business professionals from the local area.

Musicians include Ken Hatch, Clinton Curtis, David Hall, Cody Ballard and Ken Carroll on saxophones.  The trumpet section includes Joseph Cutis, John Barttelt, Gary Gazaway, Craig Baker and T.J. Irving. Neale Bartee, Adam Waddell, Daniel Harrelson, Don Bowyer and Dalton Henson make up the trombone section.  Others are Joy Sanford on piano, Tom Mason on bass, and Craig Collison on drums.  O’Connor will lead the group in this concert.

Jazz Writers Big Band