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Every year, at this time, I am very excited to present our annual Winter Jazz Concert. This year I am doubly excited because we are adding our newly formed Grove City College Ensemble, the GCC Singers, to our mix. Each year, we “blow the roof off of the house”. The concert is literally packed “wall-to-wall” and it’s usually a “wild”, highly participating, audience. It’s now a tradition in our area to usher in the Christmas season by attending this concert. If you are in the area please feel free to come to our concert and enjoy the high caliber of these incredible students -you will be “blown away”.
Where: Pew Fine Arts Center, 100 Campus Drive – Grove City, PA 16127
(Get Directions Here)
Why: Because it’s an AWESOME concert!
How Much: It’s free and there is free parking!
What we are playing: (I don’t have the complete list of the singers music yet, but here are the Jazz Ensemble and Stage Band tunes)
Grove City Stage Band:
- Just a closer Walk with Thee ~Sharp
- Frosty the Snowman ~Nelson
- YMCA ~Berry
- Sugarplum Rock ~Clark
- Come Fly with Me ~Jones
- O Holy Night ~Clark
- Sky Dive ~Morales
- Angels We Have Heard on High ~Clark
Grove City Jazz Ensemble:
- Woodchopper’s Ball ~Osser
- Rudolph ~Marks
- Cut to the Chase ~Beach
- Little Drummer Boy ~Jackson
- Brazil ~Mossman
- Silver Bells ~Stone
- A Salute to Glenn Miller ~Hest
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen ~Goodwin
- Ovation Piece (can’t disclose!)
There are a couple of combiner songs with the Chorale as well. I will post the Singers list tomorrow, or the next, day as an add on.
Here is the Public Release:
The Grove City College Music Department will be presenting the 7th Annual Winter Jazz and Pops Concert on December 10th, 2010. The department is pleased to announce that this year’s concert will be expanded to include a number of selections of chorale and pops vocal ensemble music. In their first concert appearance, the Grove City College Singers will join the college jazz ensembles and perform a number of seasonal and traditional song favorites.
The concert will be held at Grove City College’s Pew Fine Arts Center in the Ketler Auditorium. The concert is free to the public and free parking is provided in any of the lots surrounding the Fine Arts Center. The concert will begin promptly at 8:00 p.m. and the doors will open at 7:35 p.m.
The concert will showcase the sounds of the award winning Grove City College Jazz ensembles under the direction of Dr. Joseph M. Pisano. The Grove City College Singers make their debut performance under the direction of music faculty member, Mrs. Stacy Paparone.
The concert repertoire will feature both traditional Christmas tunes and Carols as well as classic jazz and pop arrangements, including: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Rudolph, Silver Bells, Baby It’s Cold Outside, O Holy Night, A Salute to Glenn Miller, Jingle Bells, Brazil, Woodchopper’s Ball, and many more! The stage set will include a dazzling display of motion Christmas lights, colors, and festive ornamentation.
Please join the ensembles and share in the excitement as they help to usher in the arrival of the Christmas Season with this spectacular concert!
Hope to see a number of you there!
Joseph M. Pisano, Ph.D. is an industry innovator, education clinician and lecturer, trumpeter and conductor, and the creator of many education websites. He is currently the Vice President of Innovation and Engagement at Keystone Ridge Designs, Inc. After twenty-three years as a professor and administrator at Grove City College, he made the move into industry in 2018. As one of the youngest full professors in Grove City’s history, he served in various roles over his tenure including the Technical Director of the Pew Fine Arts Center, Assistant and Associate Chairs of Music and Music and Fine Arts, Director of Music and Fine Arts Technology, Director of Jazz Studies, Stage Manager, and he finished his tenure as the Director of Bands where he directed the college’s Symphonic Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Pep Bands, and various small ensembles.
He been named a TI:ME Teacher of the Year, received the JEN Jazz Educator Award, the PA Citation of Excellence, and named a “member for life” of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association. He is a past Vice President of the Technology Institute for Music Educators, an associate member of the American Bandmasters Association, a past President of the PA Intercollegiate Bandmasters Association, and a member of various education and music honoraries. He has written for numerous publications including DCI Magazine, Teaching Music Magazine, and was the Educational Editor for In-Tune Monthly Magazine for eight years; he has contributed hundreds of articles to various publications. He is an active conductor, trumpeter, clinician, and educator. Find out more at his website jpisano.com.
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