Swing out in Sumter with 2 jazz bands on Thursday

Sumter High School, SCCB groups share stage

BY IVY MOORE
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 4/24/19

Beginning with Glenn Miller's "Moonlight Serenade," the Sumter Community Concert Band Jazz Ensemble will open Thursday's 7 p.m. concert of jazz standards and a few more contemporary sounds at the Sumter Opera House. Ensemble director Rick Mitchum …

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Swing out in Sumter with 2 jazz bands on Thursday

Sumter High School, SCCB groups share stage

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Beginning with Glenn Miller's "Moonlight Serenade," the Sumter Community Concert Band Jazz Ensemble will open Thursday's 7 p.m. concert of jazz standards and a few more contemporary sounds at the Sumter Opera House. Ensemble director Rick Mitchum said the ensemble is again excited to play at the downtown venue and to join the Sumter High School Jazz Band in performing what is often called "America's music."

Mitchum will briefly introduce each piece the SCCB Jazz Ensemble will play, will play trumpet with the group and will sing "What a Wonderful World." Soprano Betsy Ridgeway will also have a solo with the band.

Emmett Anglin, a longtime trumpet player and arranger with the band, will have the solo on Erroll Garner's "Misty." Anglin also arranged the piece and will play E flat flugelhorn.

Dr. Bob Lee and Sean Hackett, band director and teacher at Bates Middle School, will be featured on John Green's "Body and Soul."

The ensemble will also play an arrangement of "Last Night" by former member Tyler Cook.

Among the other pieces on the ensemble's play list for the evening is "Jump, Jive and Wail" by Louis Prima, Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City," Duke Ellington's "In a Sentimental Mood" and Glenn Miller's "In the Mood."

Many audience members will have their first introduction to Sumter High School Jazz Band director Johnny Powers. Also an assistant director of the SHS bands, Powers led the SHS Symphonic Band to an Excellent Rating at the South Carolina Band Directors Association Concert Performance Assessment in March.

The SHS Jazz Band plays both contemporary jazz and standards, often infusing its concerts with some rock 'n' roll, which grew out of jazz, gospel, blues, R&B and other in the 1940s and '50s.

Among the pieces SHS will perform are "Sambeando" by Victor Lopez; the rock ballad "After Sunset" by Larry Neeck; Kris Berg's funk piece "Chicks Dig It"; a medium swing piece titled "All of Me" by Rick Stitzel; the Sanford and Son Theme, which is a downhome funk piece by Quincy Jones; and a Latin piece titled "Tiger of San Pedro" by Paul Lavender. The band will take the Sumter Opera House stage following the SCCB Jazz Ensemble.

The SCCB Jazz Ensemble and the Sumter High School Jazz Band will be in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students, at the door. For more information, contact Rick Mitchum at (803) 775-9265.