Susquehanna University Big Band to Play Funk, Salsa and More
Published on November 12, 2012
The Susquehanna University Big Band will present a variety of musical genres in its concert on Nov. 28 at 8 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall, in the university’s Cunningham Center for Music and Art.
Funk and salsa, as well as some standards, will enliven the performance, which will include such tunes as “Soul Vaccination” and “What Is Hip” by the band Tower of Power.
Associate Professor of Music Joshua Davis, who will direct the concert, said, “The funk arrangements are very close to the original and should be a great pleasure for fans of the genre.”
Representing salsa will be a dance tune by State College-based composer Rick Hirsch. The band will also perform the standard hit “Take the A Train” by Duke Ellington.
The Big Band is a part of Susquehanna’s jazz program and includes as many as 20 student-musicians each year. It performs four to six times annually, including at Honors Band Weekend and the SU High School Jazz Festival.
Presented by the Department of Music, the concert is free and open to the public.
Karen M. Jones