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NMJC Music Department To Put On Jazz Performance

3/6/2014 11:49:43 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. Story by JAYCIE CHESSER NEWS-SUN

The New Mexico Junior College music department will be “all that jazz” this Sunday when it presents “An Afternoon of American Jazz” at Watson Hall Auditorium.

Entertainment will begin at 3 p.m. and will feature the NMJC community band with a guest performance by Carlsbad Wind Symphony.

Director and conductor for the evening is Yau-Sun Wong, professor of music at NMJC, along with guest conductor Paul Cosand.

“I am very delighted as a conductor that the Carlsbad Wind Symphony wants to collaborate with us,” Wong said.

Wong has his doctorate of music from Florida State University and has been an instructor for 10 years at NMJC. He is also a member of the Roswell Symphony.

Cosand is a retired high school teacher from Loving.

 “The community band involves local professional businessman and musicians, former and current music teachers, music lovers and some high school students,” Wong said. “They all are learning something new and exciting about NMJC music programs.”

Song selection by the NMJC community band will include Duke Ellington in Concert, A Touch of Jazz, Caravan, Legends of Jazz, Jazz Me Blues, Limbo Jazz, Big Band   Spectacular, Shuffling Down to Memphis and Concerto for Drum Set.

“This will be one of our biggest concerts as far as size,” Valerie Onsurez-Gauna, a flutist in the community band, said. “I love it and can’t wait to hear the big sound.”

Carlsbad Wind Symphony will perform The Symphonic Gershwin and What A Wonderful World.

“In spring we always feature jazz and Broadway in our concerts,” Wong said. “This is the first time that we have done this particular one.”

Tickets for the concert can be purchased at the door for $5 general admission, $3 for seniors and free to children and students.

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