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College of the Mainland
Community Concert Band and Jazz Combo
News Release
Friday, December 17, 2010

COM Community Concert Band and Jazz Combo needs you!

It’s time to fight back against musical rust!

The Instrumental Music program at College of the Mainland is looking for musicians to perform with its Community Concert Band and Jazz Combo this spring — the perfect reason to out the horn or drum out of the closet and begin making music again.

The community concert band, directed by acclaimed conductor Sparker Koerner, meets from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. each Monday this spring, and performs a wide variety of music — from Broadway show tunes to serious concert band pieces and marches.

All instruments are welcome, but there is a real need for flutes, clarinets, saxophones, French horn and trombones, Koerner says. A basic knowledge of reading music is necessary.

To join the band, musicians must enroll for credit or for a non-credit class through Continuing Education. Specific registration information can be found on the COM website, or from the department at 888-258-8829, ext. 8347.

In addition to the community band, the award-winning COM jazz combo is having auditions for saxophone, trombone and bass players.

“This group gives one an opportunity to improvise in the jazz style,” Koerner says. “We play a variety of jazz composer such as: Horace Silver, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, and others.”

The Jazz Combo meets from 3 – 4:20 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday this spring. To perform with the group, new members must have a knowledge of jazz styles, and reading music is a must. Bass players must have a basic understanding of chords.

Again, performers must enroll in the COM Jazz Combo class to be eligible.

Contact Sparky Koerner at 888-258-8829,  ext. 8347 for more information.

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