3 jazz bands share Patriot Hall stage Tuesday

BY IVY MOORE
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 4/13/18

The spring concert by the Sumter Community Concert Band Jazz Ensemble traditionally features the Sumter High School Jazz Ensemble, and this year's program will feature the Lakewood High School Jazz Ensemble. The concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Patriot …

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3 jazz bands share Patriot Hall stage Tuesday

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The spring concert by the Sumter Community Concert Band Jazz Ensemble traditionally features the Sumter High School Jazz Ensemble, and this year's program will feature the Lakewood High School Jazz Ensemble. The concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Patriot Hall will be free to the public.

SCCB Jazz Ensemble director Rick Mitchum said the ensemble is always excited about the talent of Sumter's music students and is happy to share the stage with them. He also noted the directors of all three bands are members of the SCCB Jazz Ensemble and that two of them are high school band teachers in Sumter School District.

"Sean Hackett teaches at Bates Middle School," Mitchum said, "and he plays saxophone with the SCCB Jazz Ensemble. This is his first year directing the Sumter High Jazz Band, which always puts on a great performance."

Hackett will play the tenor sax solo with SCCB jazz on Dave Wolpe's arrangement of Hoagy Carmichael's iconic "Skylark," which has been covered by numerous groups and vocalists.

Ray Francis, who plays trumpet with SCCB, directs Lakewood's jazz band, making its debut in the SCCB jazz group's annual spring concert. The 17-piece Lakewood ensemble will play three pieces Tuesday night, including an arrangement of the 1964 hit "Hang on, Sloopy."

Francis will have the trumpet solo on Klaus Gunter-Neumann's 1960s instrumental hit "Wonderland by Night."

The SCCB Jazz Ensemble will open the concert with its theme, Glenn Miller's "Moonlight Serenade," but the rest of its program will comprise pieces new to the ensemble, Mitchum said.

Fans of the classic 1942 film "Casablanca" will recognize Herman Hupfeld's "As Time Goes By."

Bob Lee will have the alto saxophone solo on Henry Mancini's original arrangement of the theme from "Peter Gunn," the popular TV detective series starring Craig Stevens that ran from 1958 to 1961.

Mitchum said Mancini is one of his favorite composers, "and Bob does a great job on his solo."

Soprano Betsy Ridgeway will join the SCCB Jazz Ensemble for Harold Arlen and E.Y. "Yip" Harburg's "Over the Rainbow," written for the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz." The song won the Academy Award for best original song for that year.

"Godfather of Soul" James Brown's 1964 hit "I Got You (I Feel Good)" and Sol Lake's "The Lonely Bull," arranged by Herb Alpert, and another Wolpe arrangement, Eddie Heywood's "Canadian Sunset," will complete the set.

Patriot Hall is located at 135 Haynsworth St. Admission is free, but donations to help defray the cost of sheet music are accepted. Free parking is available.

For more information about this concert and the SCCB Jazz Ensemble's April 28 Big Band Dance, call Mitchum at (803) 775-9265. Call the same number if you are interested in joining the Sumter Community Concert Band.