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WHITNEY CENTER JAZZ ORCHESTRA
November 17 at 7:00 pm
Tickets ($21/15/10) are available here
The Whitney Center Jazz Orchestra (WCJO) is the professional jazz orchestra in residence at the Whitney Center for the Arts at Sheridan College. This 19-member professional jazz ensemble is lead by composer-arranger-trombonist Dr. Eric Richards, Director of Bands and Jazz Studies at Sheridan College. Dr. Richards’ music for jazz orchestra is published worldwide and has been performed on six continents by professional and educational ensembles. Concert venues include Carnegie Hall, the Montreux, North Sea, and Nice Jazz Festivals in Europe, and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
John Harbaugh serves as Lead Trumpet with WCJO. John’s career includes international tours with Buddy Rich, Paul Anka, and Tom Jones. He can be heard as a jazz soloist with the London Symphony on “Powell Canyons,” in the trumpet section on four Ashley Alexander/Frank Mantooth recordings, and has been involved in three Grammy nominated productions and one Dove award winning recording.
Harbaugh has performed in groups backing up artists like, Mel Torme, Gerry Mulligan, Anita O’Day, Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Newhart, Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Freddie Hubbard, Bob Hope, Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, and Lionel Hampton, just to name a few.
He brings wealth of knowledge and experience when works as a clinician, an adjudicator, and a performer. He is currently is faculty member at Central Washington University teaching applied trumpet, coaching trumpet choir, and directing the second jazz band. He is as a faculty member of the Yellowstone Jazz camp, a clinician for Conn/Selmer Corporation, and as has served a member of the advisory committee for the National Trumpet Competition.
The Whitney Center for the Arts would like to thank the Holiday Inn Sheridan for their generous support of our 2017-18 season.
WCJO’s artistic mission is to honor the great American Big Band tradition through performance of important repertoire and to advance the development of large jazz ensemble repertoire by performing new compositions, arrangements, and improvisations at the highest professional standard.
WCJO’s educational mission is to illuminate and inspire jazz musicians of all ages and backgrounds through an array of outreach activities and master classes.