The Potomac State College/Community Jazz Ensemble will present a big band jazz concert on Thursday, November 10, at 7:30 p.m., in the Church-McKee Arts Center on the campus of West Virginia University Potomac State College. The band will perform a variety of big band jazz styles including a couple of arrangements in honor of Veterans Day.
Vocalist Beau Hartman will perform Mike Tomaro’s arrangement of “America the Beautiful.” She will also be joined by Ella Vallentine and Potomac State student Lexus Middleton in performing the popular tune by the Andrew Sisters, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”
The Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Fred Kesner, rehearses weekly at the College and is comprised of the area’s finest jazz musicians. Saxophone section members are Richard Frush, Roger Henry, Brent Weber, Ed Cameron, and Mike Pfaff. The trumpet section consists of Jon Bush, Aaron Nesselroade, Bill AuMiller, and Jay Moon. Playing trombone are Will Nose, Lynn Zeller, Rick Milne, Dan Moreland, and Herb Lambert. The rhythm section is composed of Tom Harrison (piano), Jim Roderick (bass), and Bart Lay (drum set).
The public is encouraged to attend this free concert and support the live performance of jazz and big band music in our community.