Jazz Ensembles To Perform Fall Concert

November 7, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE - The Pioneer Jazz I and Jazz II Ensembles are diligently working to prepare music for their annual fall concert. With practice rehearsals three times a week during the evening hours, time is quickly running out yet the students work well together and the bands are better than ever. "Jazz I has a core group of people who have been playing together for more than three years and they are sounding great. Jazz II is sounding great as well, and is probably the best Jazz II ensemble ever seen on this campus," commented director Joe Caploe. The ensembles encompass an even mix of music majors and non-music majors and include approximately 20 members each.

Each ensemble will play seven different selections featuring music from historical eras including that of swing, modern jazz, and funk styles. Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Miles Davis, and Herbie Hancock are a few of the "giants" and "most important innovators" of jazz included as composers on the concert list. Pieces include "Be Bop" from Thelonious Monk and Quincy Jones' "Soul Bossa Nova" from the Austin Powers movies. Caploe tries to select pieces that encompass a variety of styles so students can further develop their music repertoire and individual playing styles.

The students agree that playing "The Eye of the Hurricane" is their favorite even though it is ranked in difficulty at a Level 6 due to the arrangement's unusual rhythms, extended solo forms, and advanced chord changes. The concert also gives students an opportunity at solo playing - one piece will feature student Olen Franklin on drums.

"What sets this concert apart from previous performances is that both bands are playing on the same night. In the past Jazz I and Jazz II have played on different nights" stated Caploe. The Jazz I and Jazz II concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Nov. 12 in the Brodbeck Concert Hall in the Center for the Arts. As with all jazz ensemble concerts, this performance is free and open to the public and students alike.

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