ACC Big Band, The Swinging Roadrunners, Offering Festival Of American Music

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Gary Stallard
Sports Information Director Gary Stallard, who also serves as a Liberal Arts Instructor, begins his eleventh season with Angelina College. Following a career as a U.S. Marine, Stallard completed his bachelor’s degree at Stephen F. Austin University, where he majored in English and Journalism. For more than 16 years, he has worked as a sports writer/columnist/photographer for the Lufkin Daily News; he continues to contribute free-lance articles on occasion. Stallard has won several awards for writing, including the Golden Hoops Award for basketball writing in 2003, Regional Sports Writer of the Year in 2004, and the Texas Press Association’s first-place award for column writing in 2007 and in 2014. He has also done basketball, football and baseball radio and live streaming play-by- play and color commentary for an ESPN affiliate. Currently Stallard serves as play-by-play broadcaster for AC basketball, baseball and softball games. Prior to arriving at Angelina College, Stallard taught English at Lufkin High School for four years. He currently teaches Developmental Writing classes at AC. He and his wife Susan live in Lufkin.

The Angelina College Swinging Roadrunner Jazz Band and the ACC Big Band are bringing their swinging, rocking sounds to AC’s Hudgins Hall for the annual fall festival of American music at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Director Larry Greer leads the program, with his musicians resurrecting selections from contemporary music and jazz standards. Greer, a music instructor for AC’s Fine Arts Division, assembles his unique blend of college musicians as each semester progresses, measuring their talents to see just where they fit into the Swinging Roadrunner Combo.

He then showcases those talents in fall and spring concerts that have become one of the area’s most popular musical attractions.

The jazz combo will be playing classic jazz standards arranged by Greer for a small group setting. The set list will include selections from the following list:

“Song for my Father” (H. Silver); “Killer Joe” (B. Golson); “Softly as a Morning Sunrise” (S. Romberg); “Autumn Leaves” (J. Kosma); “Tenor Madness” (S. Rollins); and “Samba de Orfeu” (L. Bonfa).

Combo performers include Max Vallejo (Lufkin), tenor sax; Jordan Linstrom (Huntington), bass; Stewart Haas (Hudson), guitar; Ethan Landrum (Hudson), drum set; and Larry Greer (Hudson), director and piano.

Greer will also direct the ACC Big Band, featuring guest vocalist Valencia Edner, with the program scheduled to include some of the following selections:

“Blues Walk” (S. Stitt, arr. By Murtha); “In the Mood” (J. Garland, arr. by J. Tyzik); “Bags Groove” (M. Jackson, arr. by J. Clayton); “Do Nothin’ Til You Hear from Me” (D. Ellington, arr. by D. Wolpe); and “Stormy Monday” (T.B. Walker, arr. by D. Holt).

Performing members of the ACC Big Band include the following:

Saxophones – Michael Parris (alto 1), Corey House (alto 2), Dixon Shanks (lead tenor), Carly Hood (tenor 2), and Bethe Girardi, baritone. Trombones – Jeff Sorey (lead), Robert Shanks Lavan Watts and Jimmy Battle (bass).

Trumpets – Dwain Forsythe (lead), Ricky Gay, Mel Miller and Justin Wood. Rhythm section – Eric Chinn (piano), J.D. Salas (bass), Mark Saldana (drum set) and Larry Greer (guitar).

Tickets for the show are $4 for adults and $3 for senior citizens, students and children.

For more information, contact the AC Fine Arts Division at (936) 633-5233.

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