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YHC to Present Tribute to the Big Band Era During “An Evening at the U.S.O”

Monday, February 24, 2014

Author: John Daniels
Media Contact: LeAnn Waldroup
(706) 379-5310,

Young Harris College to Present Tribute to the Big Band Era During “An Evening at the U.S.O”

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga.—Young Harris College’s Division of Fine Arts will present “An Evening at the U.S.O.” on Tuesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of the Clegg Fine Arts Building. Admission is $5 for adults and free for students and children 12 and under.

Back by popular demand, this unforgettable tribute to the big band era features the combined talents of the YHC Chamber Choir, under the direction of Professor of Music, Director of Choral and Vocal Activities, and Musical Theatre Program Co-Coordinator Jeff Bauman, and Jazz Band, under the direction of Adjunct Instructor of Music Mike Campbell, D.A. Accompaniment will be provided by YHC Staff Accompanist Anita Guss on piano.

Get up and dance at this wildly popular 40s- and 50s-themed show featuring arrangements of patriotic songs, swing tunes and wonderful cabaret-style solos including Glenn Miller’s chart-topping hit “(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo” and Benny Goodman’s legendary jazz standard “Stompin’ at the Savoy.”

Many YHC students will be featured as soloists during the concert. Glenn Miller’s hits “Moonlight Serenade” and “Tuxedo Junction” will feature sophomore music education major Jenni Peterson of Roswell, Ga., and junior music major Judith Lyle of Clarkesville, Ga., respectively.

Sophomore theatre major Devyn White of Woodstock, Ga., will be featured during George Gershwin’s popular tune “Somebody Loves Me,” while senior theatre major Will Skelton of Hayesville, N.C., will be featured during a Gershwin classic for film and stage, “Nice Work if You Can Get It.”

Romantics in the audience are sure to enjoy performances of the hit song made famous by the film Casablanca, “As Time Goes By,” that will feature sophomore psychology major Courtney Farmer of Hiawassee, Ga., as well as Bobby Darin’s love song “Beyond the Sea” that will feature junior musical theatre major Ben Sims of Hiram, Ga.

Freshman music education major Cameron Lejeune of Marble, N.C., and junior musical theatre major T’Arica Crawford of Buford, Ga., will be featured during Etta James’ sultry and soulful hit “At Last.” Senior business and public policy major Britney Cheney of Brooks, Ga., will be featured during Duke Ellington’s jazz standard “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore.”

In addition to these soloists, the YHC Chamber Choir is comprised of Patrick Young of Dawsonville, Ga., John-Michael Thomas of Cornelia, Ga., Spencer Murray of Cabot, Ark., Walt Sorrow of Jersey, Ga., Joanna Burrell of Dawsonville, Ga., Emily Espy of Cumming, Ga., Carrie Moll of Suwanee, Ga., Lindsey Koch of Douglasville, Ga., Sarah Stogsdill of Shalimar, Fla., Brian Walker of Powder Springs, Ga., Kaleb Garrett of Hiawassee, Ga., Malik Johnson of Carrollton, Ga., LaDareon Copeland of Centerville, Ga., Adam Trotman of Clarkesville, Ga., Ashley Johnson of Canton, Ga., Hana Kudela of Moultrie, Ga., Ali McCollough of Augusta, Ga., Stephanie Mills of Bainbridge, Ga., Sally Petty of Clayton, Ga., Chelsey Sizemore of Flintstone, Ga., Rachel Bettis of Dawsonville, Ga., Emily Roberts of Euharlee, Ga., and Heather Davis of Winder, Ga.  

The YHC Jazz Band includes Kaleb Garret, guitar, of Young Harris, Ga., Robert Payne, drums, of Smyrna, Ga., Courtland Walters, alto saxophone, of Stockbridge, Ga., Spencer Murray, trumpet, of Ball Ground, Ga., Joanna Burrell, piano, of Dawsonville, Ga., Terell Heard, trombone, of Elberton, Ga., Chloe Cook, alto saxophone, of Blue Ridge, Ga., Adam Shelp, tenor saxophone, of Dawsonville, Ga., Rachel Bettis, tenor saxophone, of Dawsonville, Ga., Jasmine Redding, baritone saxophone, of Atlanta, Ga., Nolan Walker, trumpet, of Ellijay, Ga., Bryson LaPrairie, trombone, of East Ellijay, Ga., Patrick Young, trombone, of Dawsonville, Ga., Liz Granados, trumpet, of Cleveland, Ga., Frederik Nielsen, bass, of Denmark, and Zach Wagoner, trombone, of Powder Springs, Ga.

For more information, call the YHC Division of Fine Arts at (706) 379-5182.

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,100 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 226-bed residence hall that is expected to earn LEED certification, a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics, and in 2012, was invited to become the 14th member of the Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2013-2014 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit