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McNeese Presents Jazz Recital

McNeese Presents Jazz Recital

The McNeese State University Department of Performing Arts will present a jazz recital featuring McNeese faculty Bill Rose and Tim McMillen, both on trombone, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, in Ralph Squires Auditorium of the Shearman Fine Arts Center.

The recital will re-create the classic jazz trombone duets and quartets of J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding from the 1950s and 1960s. The program will include jazz standards and classics such as "This Could Be the Start of Something Big" by Steve Allen, "'S Wonderful" by George Gershwin, "Speak Low" by Kurt Weill, "Give Me the Simple Life" by Ruby & Bloom and "There Will Never Be Another You"by Mack Gordon.

The program will conclude with the Louisiana premiere of Rose's award-winning arrangement of "Joli Blon"for jazz trombone ensemble. Rose recently won the grand prize in the national Texas Tech University Trombone Choir Composition Contest sponsored by the TTU School of Music. Performing on this piece are Dr. Jeffrey Lemke, McNeese professor of music, trombone, Kyle Parfait, bass trombone, and the McNeese Low Brass Studio.

Rose, associate professor of music, has taught trombone, euphonium and tuba at McNeese for 25 years. He has performed all over the United States, with luminaries such as Slide Hampton, Skitch Henderson, Chuck Hedges, Johnny Mathis, Lena Horne, Johnny Desmond, Percy Sledge, the Four Tops, the Temptations, Bob Hope and Donald O'Conner. He performs locally with the Lake Charles Symphony, the Bayou Jazz Kings and the Lake Charles Jazz Band.

McMillen, a visiting lecturer, teaches jazz/commercial music theory, jazz/commercial arranging, music business, jazz band and symphonic band. He is also the band director at W.W. Lewis Middle School in Sulphur. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from McNeese and a Master of Music degree in jazz studies from the University of North Texas. As a composer, arranger and trombonist with the U.S. Air Force band program, he has composed and arranged over 250 works for concert, jazz and marching bands. McMillen has performed with Allen Vizutti, the Dallas Jazz Orchestra and the Jazz Collection Orchestra, Natalie Cole, Wayne Newton, Percy Sledge, Andy Williams, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Bobby Vinton and Robert Goulet. He performs locally with the Heartbeat Band and New Generation Horns out of Beaumont, Texas, the Bayou Jazz Kings and the Lake Charles Jazz Band.

The duo will be accompanied by an outstanding rhythm section consisting of Paul Tassin, McNeese graduate and educator, on piano, Jay Ecker, visiting lecturer/bass teacher at McNeese and director of bands at Westlake High School, on bass, and Mathew McMillen, McNeese percussion student, on drum set.

Persons requesting accommodations in accordance with the ADA should contact the Office of the ADA Coordinator at least 72 hours before the event. Additional information is available from: the Office of the ADA Coordinator, Smith Hall, Room 127; Voice: (337) 475-5428; Fax: (337) 475-5960; TDD/TTY, Hearing Impaired: (337) 562-4227; or adacoordinator@mcneese.edu.