The Indiana University of Pennsylvania Jazz Band, Jazz Ensemble and IUP Alumni Jazz Band will present concerts Nov. 8 and 9.
The IUP Jazz Band, directed by Dr. Keith Young, and the IUP Jazz Ensemble, led by Dr. Kevin Eisensmith, will perform Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. The IUP Alumni Jazz Band will be in concert Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. Both performances will be held in the IUP Performing Arts Center’s Fisher Auditorium.
The Nov. 8 concert is the second event in The Lively Arts’ Sound Choices premiere season. W. Roy Mitchell is the featured soloist.
Mitchell is a 1989 jazz studies graduate of IUP. As an undergraduate, he arranged for most university ensembles and composed original works for fellow students’ recitals.
While at IUP, his work caught the attention of high school and college band directors. Today, Mitchell’s arrangements can be heard worldwide and are played regularly by the Baltimore Ravens, University of New Mexico, Idaho State University, Messiah College, University of North Texas and Oklahoma State University, as well as dozens of other colleges, high schools and professional groups across the United States.
His arrangements for beginning jazz ensembles have been featured in master classes and music conferences throughout the United States, as well as in Nova Scotia and Australia.
Tickets are available in advance at the Hadley Union Building or online by visiting www.iuptickets.com. Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and groups, and $6 for children and I-Card holders. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door starting at 7 p.m.
The Nov. 9 concert includes some 40 alumni spanning six decades of jazz at IUP. It is free and open to the community.
The group will be led by two former directors: Dr. Daniel DiCicco and Dr. Gary Bird.
DiCicco is a 1954 IUP graduate. As a member of the IUP music faculty, he served as director of bands and led the Mellowmen from 1972 until his retirement in 1987.
Bird, who retired from the IUP music department in 2007, established and directed a second jazz band from 1977 through 1987, then assumed the position of director of the jazz ensemble from 1987 until 1997.
More information about the concerts is available by calling (724) 357-2547 or at www.iup.edu/finearts.