Jazz Ensemble to Perform Halloween Concert
October 23, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan’s Jazz Ensemble will give a Halloween concert
on Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Westbrook Auditorium of Presser Hall (1210 N. Park St.,
The event is free and open to the public. Halfway through the concert, the student
performers and their director will hold a Halloween costume contest. Audience members
are welcome to participate.
Songs to be performed during the program will include “Front Burner” and “Ya Gotta
Try” by Sammy Nestico, “Tears in Her Eyes” and “Home Again” by Mike Tomaro, “In a
Mellow Tone” by Duke Ellington, and “Sing, Sing, Sing” by Louis Prima, along with
several other compositions.
Illinois Wesleyan’s Jazz Ensemble has performed in Disneyland, Disney World, Japan,
England, Scotland, as well as other locations. Guest soloists have included Jamey
Aebersoid, Vince Mendoza, Ed Shaughnessy, and Steve Wiest.
Students from all academic fields are welcome to join. The focus of the ensemble is
to prepare musicians for the jazz and commercial arena of the music industry, as well
as give the students the skills necessary to conduct their own jazz ensemble.
Professor of Music Tom Streeter is director and creator of the Jazz Program at IWU
and conductor of the Jazz Ensemble. He has been involved in jazz since his university
days, performing in jazz ensembles in college and in the U.S. Air Force’s jazz band
“The Airmen of Note,” stationed at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. He
is also creator of the IWU Jazz Festival, which hosts 30 junior high schools and high
schools each year. He describes the music the ensemble plays as familiar and energetic,
saying, “The music that we’re playing is music that people recognize; that people,
if they could, would get up and dance to.”
For additional information, contact the School of Music Office at (309) 556-3061 or
Streeter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Sehaj Sethi, (309) 556-3181