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Wimberley Concert Association


Thursday, October 10, 2002
at 7:30 PM
Chapel in the Hills
Wimberley, Texas

The SWT Jazz Ensemble is the premiere group representing the university's award-winning Jazz Studies program. Over the past decade, SWT jazz groups have performed by invitation at many of the world's most prestigious jazz events, including the Notre Dame, Montreux (Switzerland), and North Sea (Netherlands) Jazz Festivals. During this time, SWT jazz students have won over a dozen coveted Downbeat Magazine awards for their accomplishments. Recent alumni of the SWT Jazz Ensemble are now touring with the jazz orchestras of such greats as Ray Charles, Maynard Ferguson, and Harry Connick, Jr.

The SWT Jazz Studies program also hosts the annual Hill Country Jazz Festival (usually the last week in February on the SWT campus) to which they invite 15-20 high school bands to perform and to hear guest artists - jazz greats such as Clark Terry, Frank Foster, and Carmen Bradford - perform.

For this Wimberley concert, the SWT Jazz Ensemble will offer a program featuring the music of the Count Basie Orchestra, including "Shiny Stockings," "April in Paris," "Cherry Point," and "Moten Swing."

The SWT Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Freddie Mendoza, the new head of the Jazz Studies program at SWT. Mendoza is, himself, an SWT graduate - and the beat goes on.

Wimberley Concert Association is a non-profit organization that, in conjunction with the Department of Music at Southwest Texas University and other musicians from the Central Texas Hill Country, presents professional-quality concerts for the Wimberley, Texas community and the surrounding Texas Hill Country. Proceeds from our concerts go to scholarships for students in the Department of Music at SWTSU and to support Wimberley arts organizations.

Other concerts this season include performances by VocaLibre (SWT), Ptarmigan Celtic Band, pianist Timothy Woolsey, Texas String Drive, Jill Jones and Friends, and many others.

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