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Jazz Ensemble

SWOSU Jazz Ensembles A & B Featured in Concert this Thursday

Southwestern Oklahoma State University Jazz Ensembles A & B will celebrate the music of jazz icons Doug Beach and Bill Holman this Thursday, March 12, on the Weatherford campus.

The public is invited to the free concert at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

According to SWOSU Associate Professor of Music Dr. Richard Tirk, Beach and Holman are considered some of the finest composers and arrangers in the genre, having written for top name bands like The Count Basie Orchestra and The Stan Kenton Orchestra in addition to writing for their own big bands. 

Closing the concert will be the epic Holman chart written for the Kenton band, Malaguena, which includes parts for a traditionally non-jazz instrument, the French Horn. 

The concert will be directed by Tirk and student conductor Jordan Irizarry.

For more information, contact the Music Office at (580) 774 3780 or