"ALL THAT CURLEY JAZZ"
March 2, 2013
Music lovers gathered in the Curley Student Dining Room on Saturday, March 2, 2013 to listen to the sweet sounds of jazz. The "Little Big Band and the Archbishop Curley Jazz Quartet started things off and warmed up the audience for the guest group of the evening, The Junkyard Saints. The highlight of the evening was the performance of the Curley Jazz Ensemble. Concluding the evening was the Curley Alumni Band. The event was produced by Dave Makowiecki '93.
There is a new instrumental ensemble, the Little Big Band. Mr. Stauffer explains: "Many composers/arrangers are beginning to write big band style/ harmony for a reduced instrumentation because of the significant cost of a Big Band as well as the number of musicians necessary. The standard little Big Band instrumentation is 2 trumpets, 3 saxes, 1 trombone and rhythm section. We have created a little Big Band primarily as a way to begin training our younger students in Jazz." The members of the Little Big Band include:
Saxophones: Deonte Smoot, Tyler Rahnis, Emmanuel Adjaye, Vincent Ray (Flute & Piccolo)
Trumpets: Kyle Rosenberger, Pat Palazzo, Dakota Wilson
Trombone: Glen Davis, Randy Noppinger, Frank Walz
Rhythm: Nick Ray-Piano; Chimaobi Iwumune-Bass; Phillip Hanley-Drum set; Anthony Case-Mallets, Toys.
The Jazz Quartet featured Chris Young '11 on Tenor Sax; Liam Hurlbut on Saxophones; Derek Wiegmann '12 on Bass; Andrew Young '13 on Drums.
The highlight of the evening was the performance of Curley's Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of David Stauffer. The audience responded with a standing ovation and wanted more. The performance was amazing and wonderful, especially the arrangement of "Make Me Smile" by Chicago.
Members of the Jazz Ensemble include:
Saxophone: Phil Kyger–Alto, Sam Bennett-Alto, Andrew Baker-Baritone, Ryan Fongheiser-Tenor, Brad Ebaugh-Tenor
Trombone: Chris Ensminger Matt Francis, Glen Davis, Justin Woodbury
Trumpet: David Callahan, Nick Palazzo, Winsum Chang, Ian Lee, Kiyon Brandford
Rhythm: Kyle Hijie–Piano; Chimaobi Iwumune-Bass; Andrew Young–Set;
Phil Hanley-Toys, Brad Harbert-Toys and Vibes,
Sound: James Bonner, Nick Kelly, Tyler Yeager
The evening was capped off with a performance of the Alumni Jazz Band, which gathered former band members from far and wide. Members of the Alumni Band include:
Saxophone: David Rybczynski '87–Alto; Brian Butler '98 -Alto; Russ Kirk '98–Tenor; Chris Young '11-Tenor; Barry Caudill–Baritone
Trombone: Andrew Kuhl '03, Jeremy Ridenour '09, Tim Ridenour '09, Nick Mazziott '88, Jim McFalls (Professor of Jazz Studies at Towson University)
Trumpet: *Dave Makoweicki '93, Ben Frock '98; Steve Streckfus '93; Kevin Callahan '12.
Rhythm: Mark St. Pierre – Set; *Brian Brunsman '08 – Bass; Anthony Staiti '11 - Guitar; *Chris Ruth '94 – Keyboard.
*Curley Applied Lesson Teachers
Below are a few photos from the night's performances.