Whitney Center Jazz Orchestra touring northeast Wyoming this August

The Whitney Center Jazz Orchestra, directed by Eric Richards, will tour the region with free concerts in Buffalo, Gillette and Sheridan from July 31 through August 2.

 Boomer Big Band Bash program features a wide range of music from the center of the big band jazz tradition to the songs of the Boomer Generation to contemporary concert jazz. Selections range from “Lullaby of the Leaves” to “Eleanor Rigby” to “Wichita Lineman” and new material by Richards and Tom Amend.

The ensemble is the professional jazz orchestra-in-residence at Sheridan College and is comprised of some of the region’s most well-known musicians and educators. Performers include Scott Turpen, Garth Moline, Willie Wright and Amy Wright on saxophone; Doug Bull, Dave Knutson, Diane Knutson, and Robert Rumbolz on trumpet; Nick Simons and Erin Schanzenbach on trombone; Tom Amend on piano and Zach Paris on drums.

The ensemble has played a number of concerts at The Whitney Center for Arts in Sheridan, but Richards said, “I am greatly looking forward to taking this excellent band on the road to play for our Wyoming audiences. Since the fall of 2017, the Whitney Center Jazz Orchestra has played a number of excellent concerts at our musical home at Sheridan College. Through the invaluable support of Dick Anderson Construction, Sheridan College, and WYOMusic, we’ve been empowered with resources to perform these outreach concerts for our audiences in Buffalo, Gillette, and Sheridan.”

Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a wonderful evening of excellent music under the stars. For more information, contact Richards at erichards@sheridan.edu or 307-675-0733.

BUFFALO, WY: Wed. July 31, 7:00pm
Crazy Woman Square, Downtown (outdoor)
Buffalo High School Auditorium (rain site)

GILLETTE, WY: Thursday, August 1, 7:00pm
Gillette College
Main Building-North Patio (outdoor)
Technical Center (rain site)

SHERIDAN, WY: Friday, August 2, 7:00pm
Sheridan College
Whitney Mall (outdoor)
Kinnison Concert Hall (rain site)