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Young Harris College to Present Concert Featuring Jazz Band

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310,

Young Harris College to Present Concert Featuring Jazz Band

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Division of Fine Arts will present the Young Harris College Jazz Band in concert Monday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of the Clegg Fine Arts Building on the YHC campus. The performance is free and open to the public.

The Young Harris College Jazz Band will perform a variety music covering many styles of the big band genre, featuring guest soloist Richard Bentivegna on tenor saxophone. Directed by Adjunct Instructor of Music Mike Campbell, D.A., the ensemble guarantees an evening of jazz appealing to all ages.

Bentivegna received his B.M.E. from Southeastern Louisiana University before joining the American Federation of Musicians in New Orleans. This affiliation allowed him to work with famous musicians like Tony Bennett and Helen Reddy and perform with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Bentivegna also performed extensively with his band, Flite, while directing middle school band for 33 years. He retired to the north Georgia mountains and remains active as jazz tenor saxophonist for the Brasstown Big Band while working as an instrumental repairman and substitute teacher for local band directors.

Bentivenga will be featured during “Children of Sanchez” by Chuck Mangione, “Sister Sadie” by Horace Silver, “Mantica” by Dizzy Gillespie and “Round Midnight” by Thelonius Monk.

Many YHC students will also be featured as soloists during the concert. Rolando Fernandez, trumpet, a senior music major from Canton, Ga., will be featured during “My Funny Valentine” by Richard Rogers, while Alex Gannon, guitar, a senior music major from Hiawassee, Ga., will be featured during “Caravan” by Duke Ellington. Cedric Epps, drums, a senior music education major from Talbotton, Ga., will be featured during “Sing, Sing, Sing” by Louis Prima, and Stanford Thomas, alto saxophone, a freshman music education major from Cordele, Ga., will be featured during “Critical Mass” by Jeff Jarvis.

The YHC Jazz Band also includes Sam Cook, baritone saxophone, of Young Harris, Ga., Lane Dorough, piano, of Marietta, Ga., Kaleb Garrett, bass, of Hiawassee, Ga., Armando Granados, vibraphone, of Euharlee, Ga., Samantha Grinstead, trumpet, of Eatonton, Ga., Terell Heard, trombone, of Elberton, Ga., Alice Holden, alto saxophone, of Blue Ridge, Ga., Jeremiah Kersting, trumpet, of Sugar Hill, Ga., Timothy Linley, trombone, of Cartersville, Ga., Brian Montgomery, tenor saxophone, of Powder Springs, Ga., Anthony Peters, trumpet, of Milledgevillle, Ga., Chris Simms, alto saxophone, of Cumming, Ga., Jeffrey Stewart, trombone, of Young Harris, Ga., Clint Vaughan, trumpet, of Talking Rock, Ga., Zach Wagoner, trombone, of Powder Springs, Ga., Jake Wentzek, tenor saxophone, of Blairsville, Ga., Sam Wolaver, trombone, of Mansfield, Ga., and Patrick Young, trombone, of Dawsonville, Ga.

For more information, call the Young Harris College 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 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit