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EAC Jazz Band concert to feature guest artists from the United States Army Band

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By Todd Haynie

THATCHER, AZ—The Eastern Arizona College Music Department invites you to come to the Spring Jazz Band Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2006. The band, directed by Dr. Clay Redfield, EAC Director of Bands, will perform free of charge in the Lee Little Theatre of the College’s Gherald L. Hoopes Jr. Activities Center.

This year’s concert will feature guest artists from the United States Army Band, including EAC alum Nate DeRusha, currently stationed in Korea. Performance selections will include Pots and Pans by David Berger, I Wish by Stevie Wonder, and A Tisket A Tasket by Ella Fitzgerald.

Headquartered at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virgina, the U.S. Army Band has gained national and international significance, staging performances from the battlefields of World War II to the U.S. Capitol. Founded in 1922 by Army Chief of Staff General John J. “Black Jack” Pershing to emulate European military bands, the band has maintained a tradition of excellence as the premier musical organization of the United States Army.

“We’re excited about this upcoming Jazz Band concert,” said Redfield. “Our guest artists will expose the audience to the highest level of professional musicianship and will show our students a different career opportunity in music.”

For more information about the performance, contact Redfield at 428-8465.