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EAC Jazz takes the stage for a Firestorm

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EAC Jazz takes the stage for a Firestorm

By Lori Dugan

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Jazz Ensemble will take the Lee Little Theatre stage at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 16 to present Firestorm, a collection of jazz music that will excite and ignite your spirit and inevitably fuel your tapping toes.

“We are going to really mix it up this year with performances by the ensemble, the combos, vocal performances, and our special guest artist, Dr. Larry Engstrom,” said Dr. Clay Redfield, EAC’s fine arts division chair and director of bands.

The free concert will include selections from the following repertoire: Firestorm, Come Fly with Me, Waltz of the Flowers, Mosaic, Strike-up the Band, Secret Love, Black Orpheus, and others.

“This show will be the best yet! We are fortunate to have very talented individuals in the ensemble this year,” said Redfield.

The concert will also feature guest trumpet player Dr. Larry Engstrom, of the University of Nevada at Reno. Engstrom is director of the University of Nevada at Reno School of the Arts, director of the Reno Jazz Festival, and he continues to teach applied trumpet. He was chair of the Department of Music and Dance from 2000-2003, and director of Jazz Studies from 1989-2000.

Engstrom received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from California State University at Fresno, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Trumpet Performance at the University of North Texas, where he was jazz soloist with their renowned One o’ Clock Jazz Band. He currently performs with The Collective and has five CDs recorded to date: Once and Again, Balance, Boats, North, and Contemplation. He is a member of the Great Basin Brass Quintet, and he performs regularly with many other Northern Nevada music ensembles. From 1988-2001 he was Principal Trumpet with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra.

Firestorm is free and fun for the whole family. For more information contact Redfield at 428-8465. 30