||Schofield Hall 218|
||Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004|
Jazz Ensemble II
to Perform Nov. 20
MAILED: Nov. 13, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Jazz Ensemble II will perform its first concert of the 1997-98 academic year at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in Gantner Concert Hall of the Fine Arts Center.
"It's a challenging program, but this is one of the best bands we've had," Director Ronald Keezer said. "Some of the music they're playing was just put on the Jazz I compact disc, but they're challenging themselves and are able to compare with a higher level."
Three of the pieces were arranged by Brent Wallarab, an arranger for the Smithsonian Jazz Orchestra in Washington, D.C. Wallarab has worked at the Shell Lake Band Camp which Keezer has attended for the past 30 years.
Another piece is an arrangement of "Joy Spring" by Mike Croty for the Airmen of Note, the top Air Force Jazz Ensemble.
"It's quite difficult, but they're doing it well," Keezer said. "The band has improved, and it has some of the top soloists."
"Consummation" is a piece that features four French horns and a tuba, which is unusual, Keezer said.
The cost is $3.75 for the public; $2.75 for ages 17 and under, 62 and over, and faculty and staff; or free for students with their UW-Eau Claire Blugold cards. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, or at the door.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Nov. 13, 1997