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Michigan Tech Music Presents: Backstage Jazz - It's a Swing Thing

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Saturday, October 22, 2022 7:30 pm

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MICHIGAN TECH MUSIC PRESENTS

BACKSTAGE JAZZ
IT'S A SWING THING

PERFORMED BY THE R&D BIG BAND AND JAZZ LAB BAND

PROGRAM

Run Time TBD | Public Welcome | General Admission

This superb concert recreates the feeling of a jazz club with you on stage with the musicians. The concert, emceed by Director of Jazz Studies Adam Meckler, will be performed by Michigan Tech Jazz Ensembles, the Jazz Lab Band, R&D Jazz Band, and Workshop Big Band.

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A limited number of Student Rush tickets are available 30 minutes before the performance. Email rozsa@mtu.edu or call 906-487-1906 at least one business day in advance to skip the line by reserving your tickets in advance

ABOUT

Michigan Tech Music, part of the Michigan Tech Visual and Performing Arts Department, offers ten music performance groups: bands, orchestra, jazz, and choral ensembles that expose students, faculty, and the community to the artistic and communicative values of music and the power it has to change lives.

The award-winning Michigan Tech Jazz Lab Band, under the direction of Adam Meckler, is made up of 18 musicians from throughout the country, and features a broad repertoire of music ranging from the Big Band Era to today’s contemporary big band Jazz, with a focus on modern and original compositions.

The Research and Development Big Band (R&D) performs repertoire from Jazz’s storied history including a mix of traditional and modern repertoire for big band, with an emphasis on traditional repertoire. R and D learns tunes by ear, and spends time on improvisation, and defining chord changes for improvising.

The Workshop Brass Band performs works learned by ear, traditional brass band jazz, and a small amount of modern brass band repertoire. This band introduces and explores the language of jazz, focused on learning tunes by ear, and improvising. 

Adam Meckler joined the faculty at Michigan Tech Fall of 2019 after a decade-long career as a freelance trumpeter, composer, and educator based in Minneapolis, MN. While based in MN, he held faculty positions at McNally Smith College of Music, Macalester College, MCTC, and MacPhail Center For Music.

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