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News Release - November 14, 2006

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College Music Dept has Two Performance

December 14 & 19

Symphonic Band, Brass Ensemble and Jazz Bands

jazz concertsUKIAH, CA — The Mendocino College Music Dept. presents two high-energy Winter Concerts in December: The Mendocino College Symphonic Band and Brass Ensemble on Thursday, December 14, and the Mendocino College Jazz Band on Tuesday, December 19. Both events are under the musical direction of John Parkinson and begin at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $2 at the door or complimentary tickets are available by calling 462-6105.

When asked about these annual performances, Parkinson stated, “We get together and have a real fun time. I hope the public joins us for a couple of evenings of great music.”

The MC Symphonic Band and Brass Ensemble has 50-plus musicians playing 14 different instruments, including woodwinds, brass, strings, piano and percussion. Two guest groups, the Ukiah High School Symphonic Band and Ukiah High School Jazz Band with Musical Director Boyd Grimshaw, will play a number of pieces as well as a combined performance with the College band.

Bands and Brass Ensembles have their roots in the music of fife and drum corps of the Civil War era and the music of John Philip Sousa (1854-1932), who composed very popular songs still played today, including the 1896 “The Stars and Strips Forever.”

The MC Jazz Band is based on the standard big band group of five saxophones, five trombones, four trumpets, guitar, bass and piano. Jazz band music has its roots in small trio and quartets of the early 1900s that has grown into more complex arrangements of traditional and modern pieces.

Musical Director John Parkinson has been conducting both College bands since 1977 when he joined the College faculty. He has also been the full-time musical director for the Lake County Symphony Orchestra since 1979. Parkinson, who plays the trombone and piano, graduated with a Master’s degree in music from CSU Chico and a Bachelor’s degree from CSU Humboldt.

A complete listing of activities is online at

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Created: November 14, 2006 @ 09:25 AM
Last Modified: November 20, 2006 @ 02:48 PM


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