The award-winning Ashland University Jazz Orchestra (AUJO) will be hosting a free Winter Festival concert in Hugo Young Theatre on Monday, Nov. 24, at 7:30 p.m. Directed by Dr. Scott Garlock, professor of music, the concert will feature three sets of music including pre-concert music performed by Dr. Garlock's student jazz combo, a set of Christmas music for big band performed by AUJO, and closing with the Jazz Orchestra performing big band music in several styles.
The Jazz Orchestra’s first set will include holiday favorites such as “The First Noel,” “Coventry Carol," "Baby It's Cold Outside,” and "Jingle Bells." AUJO’s final portion of the concert features Al Horney's "Hipper By the Dozen," Mark Taylor's arrangement of Jorge Ben's "Mas Que Nada," Wyche and Watts' "Alright, Okay, You Win," followed by Myles Collins' arrangements of "Belly Roll" and "Avenue C."
The student jazz combo providing pre-concert music is comprised of Joel Paige, Frank Stanek, Steve Matis and Deric Dove.
Members of the AUJO include saxophonists Michael Byndas, Jason Wolf, Derek Rangel, Steve Matis, Jessie Barnhouse and Shayne Smith; while the brass section includes guest Dave Banks, Hannah Phillips, Alex Sandwisch, Nick Psota and Tyler McFarland on trumpet, and Jaylynn Buchmelter, Frank Stanek, Eileen Navratil and Chadwick Applegate on trombone. The rhythm section is comprised of Dan Shade on drums, Ben Bushong on bass and D. R. Haught on guitar.