The Angelina College Swinging Roadrunner Jazz Combo and the ACC Big Band will offer a special concert in honor of Cinco de Mayo at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5 at AC’s Hudgins Hall Auditorium.
The bands’ performance will include several Latin standards, along with some of the genre’s most recognizable music.
Director Larry Greer leads the program, with his musicians resurrecting selections from contemporary music and jazz standards, as well as big band standards immortalized by legendary performers.
The Swinging Roadrunner Jazz Combo’s will include “Speak No Evil” (W. Shorter); “So Nice” (M. Valle); “Little Sunflower” (F. Hubbard); “Night in Tunisia” (D. Gillespie); and “Mercy, Mercy” (J. Zawinul).
Members of the Jazz Combo are Corey House (Lufkin), alto sax; Maxi Veijo (Lufkin), tenor sax; Kolby Branton (Cushing), trumpet; Triston Conway (Lufkin), trombone; Jordan Linstrom (Huntington), bass; Josh Murray (Huntington), bass; Stewart Haas (Hudson), guitar; and Ethan Landrum (Hudson), drum set.
The ACC Big Band consists both local and student musicians. A 15-piece orchestra, the band is comprised of retired professional musicians, band directors, professionals from other fields and former students playing swing era tunes from the golden years of American music.
The ACC Big Band’s set includes several classics, including “Blue Bossa” (K. Dorham); “St. Thomas” (S. Rollins); “Softly as a Morning Sunrise” (S. Romberg); and “Mambo Hot” (V. Lopez).
Performers for the ACC Big Band include the following:
Saxophones – Michael Parrish (alto 1); Corey House (alto 2); Dixon Shanks (lead tenor); Amanda Brown (tenor 2); and Bethe Girardi (baritone). Trombones – Robert Shanks, Jeff Sorey (lead), Lavan Watts and Jimmy Battle (bass). Trumpets – Dwain Forsythe (lead), Ricky Gay, and Mel Miller. Rhythm Section – Eric Chinn (piano), J.D. Salas (bass), Larry Greer (guitar) and Joey Monk (drum set).
Tickets for the performance 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.