Season 35 Jazz Concert Slated for Nov. 17

Season 35 Jazz ConcertUniversity of Arkansas – Fort Smith jazz bands will perform a concert featuring a variety of music at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 as part of the university’s Season of Entertainment 35.


The UAFS Jazz Band and Jazz Catz will perform the concert at the ArcBest Corporation Performing Arts Center in the Fort Smith Convention Center, located at 55 South 7th St. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased through the UAFS Box Office at 479-788-7300.


The band will perform a mix of jazz, blues, swing, pop and funk, featuring the work of artists from Duke Ellington, Henry Mancini and Andy Williams, as well as hit songs recorded by the Beatles, Ray Charles, Robert Johnson and Toto.


“The UAFS Jazz Band prides itself on the performance of a wide variety of jazz styles,” said Dr. Christopher Barrick, head of the Department of Music and Theatre and director of the Jazz Band. “This November, we will perform classics from legendary bands such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra and Count Basie Orchestra, as well as more modern selections popularized by Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band.”


Dr. Andrew DeBoer, visiting assistant professor of music, will also perform with the bands for the piece “Concerto for Clarinet.”


The Jazz Catz is under the direction of Don Bailey, UAFS director of jazz studies.


Students performing in the concert are:


Alma: Kyle Scott and Chandler Steele.


Conway: Mykala Parker.


Fort Smith: Sawyer Crenshaw, Will Davis, Jaivin Glover, Christopher Ha, Austin Harrison, Christian Jones, Christopher Jones, Larry Nguyen, Van Powell, Johnny Resendiz, Leah Schimberg, Josh Scroggins and Tyler Weaver.


Gentry: John Lopez.


Greenwood: Skyler Heffner and Andrew Morgan.


Mena: Harmony Chapin and Amber Lane.


Mulberry: Virginia Jones.


Omaha: Deborah Ellis.


Rogers: Brandi Cappello.


Roland, Okla.: Aleyah Youngblood.


Van Buren: Justin Dowdy, Andrew Gardner, Aspen Knight and Jensen Smith.


Winslow: Eden Gardner.


The concert is part of Season of Entertainment 35, a yearlong lineup of entertainment sponsored by the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith featuring a variety of plays, musicals and symphonic performances. For more information, contact Barrick at 479-788-7547 or, or Bailey at 479-788-7554 or


Article by John Post, Director of Public Information
Date Posted: 
Friday, October 23, 2015
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