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Jazz Lab Band, University Jazz Band to perform

February 21, 2011
NIU Jazz Lab Band

NIU Jazz Lab Band

Members of the NIU Jazz Lab Band, directed by Rodrigo Villanueva, and the NIU University Jazz Band, under the direction of Ross Margitza, will perform their first joint concert of the 2011 spring semester at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 1.

The concert is free and open to the public, and the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall of the Music Building is accessible to all.

The bands will perform an eclectic program that covers many musical styles within the jazz big band genre. The concert will include music of some of the greatest jazz composers, such as Benny Golson, Sammy Nestico, Herbie Hancock, Victor Feldman, Jimmy Rowles and Les Hooper.

Students in the NIU Jazz Lab Band, who are getting ready to record their first album at the end of the semester, regularly participates in jazz festivals and competitions and perform at least six concerts per academic year.

Last spring, the Lab Band was featured at the Illinois Music Educators Association All-State Conference, and won their second first-place honor in the College Jazz Big Band division at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Jazz Festival.

This concert also is scheduled for webcast.

For more information, contact Villanueva at [email protected].