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Milligan Jazz Ensemble to present Spring Concert

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (April 16, 2008) — The Milligan College Jazz Ensemble, along with members of the community, will present a spring concert on Monday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Milligan’s Seeger Memorial Chapel.

The 22-piece ensemble, under the direction of associate professor of music Rick Simerly, features musicians from Milligan College and throughout the area. Sloan Hill will be the featured guest trumpet soloist. A former member of the U.S. Air Force Band and also an active musician in New York City, Hill will be featured on three selections.

“This concert will feature the great trumpet artistry of Sloan Hill, as well as the talents of our ensemble,” said Simerly.  “The selections we are playing are both challenging and enjoyable. I think it will be an outstanding concert.”

The ensemble will be performing a variety of songs from the libraries of Thad Jones, Duke Ellington, Doc Severinsen, Count Basie, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and Thelonious Monk.

“Our selections are from some of the greatest big bands in the history of jazz,” said Simerly. “The challenging part of playing a program of these selections is adapting the different styles each band established and changing styles on each selection.”

Outstanding ensemble soloists that will be featured are: Mark Thie, piano; Dick Davis, Kyle Bothof, Patrick Roland and Kyle Lawhon, saxophone; Matt Hall and Sarah Edmonds, trombone; Jacob Pitts, Steve Cooper and Shane Ladd, trumpet; Tim Wasem and Robert Johnston, guitar; Jake Merrick, bass; and Eddie Dalton, drums.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rick Simerly at 423.461.8939.

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MILLIGAN COLLEGE is a Christian liberal arts college in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The college offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan College, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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