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YHC to Present Concert Featuring Jazz Band and Brasstown Big Band

Friday, November 4, 2011

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

Young Harris College to Present Concert Featuring Jazz Band and Brasstown Big Band

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Division of Fine Arts will present the Young Harris College Jazz Band and Brasstown Big Band in concert Monday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of the Clegg Fine Arts Building on the Young Harris College campus. The performance is free and open to the public.

The Young Harris College Jazz Band will perform a variety of music covering all styles of the jazz genre. Directed by Adjunct Instructor of Music Mike Campbell,D.A., the ensemble guarantees an evening of entertaining instrumental music featuring an array of traditional American jazz standards and big band swing tunes that will feature several student solos.

Rolando Fernandez, a junior music major from Canton, Ga., will be featured on the trumpet during Chuck Mangione’s “Feels So Good.” He will also be featured during Maynard Ferguson’s “Gospel John,” along with David Agore-Iwe, saxophone, a senior biology major from Marietta, Ga., and Nicholas Gannon, drums, a sophomore music major from Blue Ridge, Ga. Chris Simms, a senior music major from Cumming, Ga., will be featured on the saxophone during Hoagy Carmichael’s “Georgia on My Mind.” Sam Wolaver, a junior music education major from Mansfield, Ga., will be featured on the trombone during Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child.” Rebecca Wiggins, a senior music major from Robbinsville, N.C., will be featured on the piano during Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns.”

In addition to these featured performers, the YHC Jazz Band is comprised of Thomas Ballew, saxophone, of Ball Ground, Ga., Brian Montgomery, saxophone, of Powder Springs, Ga., Raquel Jasso, saxophone, of Gainesville, Ga., Jake Wentzek, saxophone, of Blairsville, Ga., Jeremiah Kersting, trumpet, of Sugar Hill, Ga., Caitlin Davis, trumpet, of Baxley, Ga., Clint Vaughan, trumpet, of Talking Rock, Ga., Kaleb Swanda, trumpet, of Buford, Ga., Jeffrey Stewart, trombone, of Young Harris, Ga., Timothy Linley, trombone, of Cartersville, Ga., Patrick Young, trombone, of Dawsonville, Ga., Kaleb Garrett, bass, of Hiawassee, Ga., Cedric Epps, drums, of Talbotton, Ga. and Sean Dorough, guitar, of Marietta, Ga.

The Brasstown Big Band will perform “Manteca” by Dizzy Gillespie, “Satin Doll” by Count Basie, “Sister Sadie” by Horace Silver and the ballad “Angel Eyes” by Matt Dennis. The Brasstown Big Band will also team up with the YHC Jazz Band to delight audiences with a performance of Glenn Miller’s famous big band hit “In the Mood.”

The Brasstown Big Band, also directed by Campbell, is an ensemble composed of volunteer adult jazz musicians from the North Georgia region. The group is sponsored by the Young Harris College Department of Music and rehearses weekly on the Young Harris College campus. The Brasstown Big Band performs twice each year on the YHC campus and regularly donate their time and talents to raise funds for regional organizations.

Young Harris College faculty members performing in the Brasstown Big Band include Adjunct Instructor of Music Alan Denmon, saxophone, Adjunct Instructor of Music Scott Barnstead, trombone, Adjunct Instructor of Music Kerry Rittenhouse, trumpet, and Staff Accompanist Frank McKinney, piano.

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

About Young Harris College
2011 marks the 125th anniversary for Young Harris College, 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. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 900 students across four divisions—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 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. Earlier this year, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit