The Kingwood Big Band is looking forward to welcoming music lovers to its spring concert that will be held at the Lone Star College -Kingwood campus March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Conference Center.
“The Kingwood Big Band is excited to be one of the first musical performances held on the Kingwood campus since the recovery from Hurricane Harvey. We are delighted to invite the public to our campus to witness the remodeling and revival of our school,” said Band Director Alfredo Vélez.
Music for this concert is from the famous big bands of Louie Bellson, Thad Jones, Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, Count Basie and Joe Henderson, among others.
Said Vélez, “These are iconic jazz bands and compositions, plus it features many of the great soloists in our band. One of the tunes is from the Buddy Rich library, ‘The Rotten Kid.’ It will feature Jarvis Hooper on trombone and Ernesto Vega on tenor sax. We will also a jazz treatment of the beautiful hymn, ‘Leaning on Everlasting Arms,’ that features Barry Sames on piano and organ.”
Formed in 2004, The Kingwood Big Band is part of the Lake Houston Musical Arts Society. The 18-piece big band is comprised of community members and professors combined with numerous music teachers and musicians from the north part of Houston. The band plays jazz standards from the big-band era through today’s contemporary music from leading jazz composers world-wide.
“The band’s mission is to promote jazz, which we consider as America’s only true art form,” Vélez said. “We also hope to draw a large and young audience from public schools in the Lake Houston area. Advancing jazz education in the schools is one of our founding principles.”
To that end, proceeds from the performance – which is co-sponsored by LSC-Kingwood and the Lake Houston Musical Arts Society – advance live music in the area as well as help to provide scholarships for music students on the LSC-Kingwood campus.