JMU ‘Concerts on the Lawn’ Spotlight Virginia Musical Ensembles

From: Public Affairs

Seven musical groups based in Virginia are performing at James Madison University in the Concerts on the Lawn Series, outdoor performances held on Sunday evenings from May 16 through June 27. The free concerts are sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Audience members are welcome to bring picnic dinners and lawn chairs to the outdoor concerts, which begin at 7 p.m. in the Sculpture Garden between the Music Building and Duke Hall. The rain location is the Memorial Hall Auditorium.

Parking is available between Duke and Miller halls and the in the Warsaw Avenue Parking Deck. For information, call (540) 568-6987.

May 16
The Harrisonburg High School Band, directed by J.R. Snow, presents a variety of music, including selections from a recent trip to Walt Disney World, music from the stage and contemporary works from wind band literature.

May 23
The 32-member Massanutten Brass Band, one of only two British-style brass bands in the Shenandoah Valley, performs marches, concert works, hymns and movie music. Directed by Kevin J. Stees, the band’s members come from a wide geographic area and include musicians who are college professors, secondary school teachers, students and community members.

May 30
Mr. Jefferson’s Bones, an ensemble of some of the Shenandoah Valley’s most experienced and talented trombonists, presents a wide variety of classical, sacred, popular and jazz selections. The group’s members include John Hollenbeck, former principal trombonist of the Long Beach, Calif., Symphony Orchestra and a Los Angeles session musician; Tom McKenzie, noted area trombonist and Valley band leader; Andy Lankford, associate professor of trombone at JMU; and Robert Mott, bass trombonist whose arrangements and compositions for the ensemble have been published by Cimarron Music Press.

June 6 (In Memorial Hall Auditorium, rain or shine)
The Main Street Singers from Luray perform “Great Songs of the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s,” a musical revue featuring the music of Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern and Cole Porter. John LaCava is the director of the outstanding choral group.

June 13
Just Jazzin’ presents big band, contemporary swing and Latin tunes under the direction of Tom McKenzie. The 20-member ensemble is made up of former military musicians, college and high-school faculty and talented local musicians. Charles Barone is the featured vocal soloist.

June 20
The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Concert Band presents “Concerts in the Key of Sea,” featuring music that has an aquatic reference in its title. Directed by William G. Posey, the ensemble traces its lineage to the late 19th century and took the form of a modern-day concert band in 1983. Its repertoire features marches, overtures and Broadway musicals.

June 27
The 29th Army Band presents patriotic and popular music in a concert right before Independence Day. Established in early 1917, the band has supported the troops by providing morale-building concerts and ceremonial backgrounds for funerals, changes of command and community concerts ever since. 1st Sgt. Fred Lewis conducts the band.

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May 13, 2010