Western Maryland plans Jazz Night

May 02, 1994

Jazz Night, Western Maryland College's end-of-semester evening of live jazz performed by student musicians and vocalists, will be at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Decker College Center Forum.

The evening will feature the WMC Jazz Ensemble, the Jazz Workshop, the Percussion Ensemble, a string section, guests and several vocalists. It is free, and refreshments will be provided. This semester's concert will feature big-band, reggae, rhythm and blues and Latin music. Performers will be led by Jazz Night organizer Steven "Bo" Eckard, a music lecturer at WMC.

Tenor saxophonist Brian Beninghove, a junior at Westminster High School, and violinist Maggie Donahue, a senior at North Carroll High, will perform with the 24-member WMC Jazz Ensemble. The ensemble will perform big-band arrangements of "Party Time," "Ruby Baby," "Christopher Columbus," "Touch of Your Love," "Almost Like Being in Love" featuring senior vocalist Abby Wicklein of Lutherville, and "Our Love is Here to Stay."

The Jazz Workshop octet will perform such songs as "You're the One," "Maiden Voyage," "Watermelon Man," "In a Sentimental Mood," "Get Offa My Cloud" and "Tune Up."

Other selections will include "Honeysuckle Rose" sung by sophomore Leanne Godwin of Finksburg, "Come Rain or Come Shine" sung by Maria Duva of Middletown and "B Flat," sung by freshman Ana delosRios of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

"The ensemble and workshop have really come a long way toward becoming cohesive bands," Mr. Eckard said. "But what I'm most excited about is having our two high school students join us. It's a great opportunity for them to play in a different setting. I hope they find it rewarding."

The forum is on the lower floor of Decker College Center.

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