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UW-Eau Claire's Jazz Ensembles I and II
To Present 'A Salute to the Big Band Era'
MAILED: Oct. 4, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — In a re-enactment of Big Band Battle Royal, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Jazz Ensemble I and Jazz Ensemble II will present “A Salute to the Big Band Era” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in Zorn Arena.
This special benefit event for the Jazz Studies Scholarship Fund will include performances of popular swing music from 1928–1950, including “In the Mood,” “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing.”
In a concert and dance setting, Robert Baca, associate professor of music, will invite guests to “take a sentimental journey,” celebrating the songs, events and people of one of the most memorable musical eras in American history.
“The most exciting part of preparing this big band event,” said Baca, “has been the enjoyment the members of Jazz Ensemble I & II have experienced preparing this music. The students are serious about the battle and are digging deep into the culture, music and historical setting of when the music was written.”
Tickets, available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 or 1-800-949-UWEC, are $19.42 for the general public and $15 each for 10 or more students age 17 and under. 1942 represents the pinnacle of the Big Band Era.
Donation categories based upon the historical Metronome Awards of the 1930s and 1940s are available for those wishing to make significant donations to the Jazz Studies Scholarship Fund. Donors, recognized through the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, can choose from the following categories: 1938, Benny Goodman, $100-249; 1939, Artie Shaw, $250-499; 1940, Harry James, $500-749; 1941, Tommy Dorsey, $750-999; 1942, Glenn Miller, $1,000 and above.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: October 22, 2002