Concert marks 10th anniversary of Milligan Jazz Ensemble

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Nov. 5, 2010) — The Milligan College Jazz Ensemble will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a fall concert on Monday, Nov. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Milligan’s Seeger Memorial Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public.

The 22-piece ensemble is under the direction of Rick Simerly, associate professor of music at Milligan. The ensemble consists of Milligan students as well as adults and students from throughout the region. This is the 10th year the jazz ensemble has been a part of the Milligan curriculum.

“This concert will showcase selections from many of America’s great big bands and jazz artists,” Simerly said. “It should be a fun evening of music showcasing the talent of the ensemble and its soloists.”

The concert will feature a variety of songs from the libraries of The Count Basie Orchestra, Doc Severinsen and The Tonight Show Band, The Maynard Ferguson Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Woody Herman.

The band will perform an original composition, “Halfway Charlie,” written especially for the Milligan Jazz Ensemble by trumpet player, Sloan Hill. In addition the concert will feature “What Is This Thing Called Love” arranged by Tommy Newsom, “Four” arranged by Willie Maiden, “Nice N’ Easy” arranged by Quincy Jones, the driving Latin number “Manteca” by Dizzy Gillespie, the jazz standard, “Freddie Freeloader,” by Miles Davis and the famous “Jumpin’ At The Woodside” by the Count Basie Band.  A highlight of the evening will be a John Coltrane ballad selection, “Central Park West,” featuring tenor saxophonist Dick Davis.

Outstanding ensemble soloists who will be featured are: Mark Thie, piano; Dick Davis, Jonathan Thomas, Logan Childress, Ben Tiller and Aaron Hudnall, saxophone; Matt Hall and Mike Boggs, trombone; Sloan Hill, Steven Cooper, Jacob Pitts, Shane Ladd and Nate Andrew, trumpet; Will Scott, guitar; Glenn Diamond, bass; and Eddie Dalton, drums.

For more information, call the Milligan College Music Department at 423.461.8723 or visit


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