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For Immediate Release
4/5/2016
Contact: Zina L. Carter  979-532-6417

IF IT AIN’T GOT THAT SWING

WCJC Pioneer Band to create night club ambience at Pioneer Student Center concert


Wharton County Junior College band member and saxophone player Miranda Machicek of Louise rehearses for the upcoming Big Band concert, scheduled for Tuesday, April 12, at the Pioneer Student Center on the Wharton campus.

If jazz legend Duke Ellington’s famous tune “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” rings true, then the Wharton County Junior College band’s upcoming Big Band concert should be chock full of meaning.

Scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the Pioneer Student Center on the Wharton campus, the concert will feature a unique setting, guest vocalists and, of course, some really great music.

“It’s going to be fun and fast,” said WCJC Band Director Joe Waldrop.

Unlike the band’s usual concerts – which are held at the Horton Foote Theatre – the Big Band event will be held in the Pioneer Student Center. That’s to accommodate a dance floor and a 1930s era nightclub ambience, Waldrop said.

The audience is encouraged to come prepared for some energetic dancing in the style of “East Coast Swing.”

“Make sure to bring your dance shoes,” Waldrop said.

In addition to the dance floor, café-style tables will be sprinkled around the Pioneer Student Center to help create the nightclub atmosphere. Waldrop is bringing in guest soloists – from the WCJC Choir – to further set the appropriate mood.

“I always like doing something different,” Waldrop said.

The band will play selections like Hawaiian War Chant, Indian Love Call and Tuxedo Junction, songs which Waldrop refers to as “fast and loud.” Student musicians will concentrate on big brass style instruments like the trumpet, trombone and saxophone.

Playing a dance will be a unique experience for many of the band’s players.

“Hopefully the kids won’t be watching the dancers and get distracted,” Waldrop laughed.

The WCJC Pioneer Band’s Big Band concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, at the Pioneer Student Center on the Wharton campus. The show is open to the public and free of admission. Call 979-532-6300 for additional information.

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