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Soundwaves, Kayhi Jazz Band, Discovery and Windjammers Performance
Jazz Night 2009


April 29, 2009

Ketchikan, Alaska - The tenth annual Jerry Galley Memorial Scholarship Concert will take place this Thursday evening, April 30th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Kayhi Auditorium.

Proceeds from this program have assisted young people entering college fine arts programs with scholarships of up to one-thousand dollars toward their expenses. Kyle Bailey, a recipient of the award in 2003, majored in music theatre in college and is now performing in New York City. Archie Inoncillo (2004) is presently completing music study at the University of Idaho and will be doing his student teaching in Ketchikan this Fall. Jamie Karlson received the scholarship in 2007, and is a music performance and music education major at the University of Idaho.

The fund was able to generate two scholarships last spring which were awarded to April Souza and Samantha MacNeith.

The Soundwaves will open the concert with George Gershwin's "Strike Up The Band". Senior trumpeter Kim Stone, a participant in at least six prior Galley concerts, will be featured on Victor Young's ballad, "My Foolish Heart." An old jazz standard, "Bernie's Tune" follows before the band concludes with Niles Corporon singing the Monkey Song in "I Wanna Be Like You" from "The Jungle Book."

Julie Cron will lead the Kayhi Jazz Band through a varied set of pieces that will be announced at the concert. The Kayhi groups just completed their two Pre-Festival concerts and are currently attending the "Music Fest" in Sitka.

The Discovery Band will begin their set with a Neal Hefti tune made famous by the Count Basie Band entitled "Flight of the Foo Birds." A special tribute will take place during the band's performance of "Ballad for A Blue Horn." A very nervous pair of sixth graders performed this piece six years ago and are now high school seniors, having been involved in the Jazz Club Bands since then. Senior, Jolene Pflaum and LIndy Parsons will come out, along with Kim Stone to join three Discovery fifth graders and one sixth grader in a nostalgic repeat of this performance. "Timetable" will feature drummers Sy Hovik and Merek Corporon along with their instructor, Kim Kleinschmidt. Santana's "Smooth" and Isaac Hayes' "Shaft" will conclude the Discovery portion of the program.

The Windjammers will open the final set with a spectacular arrangement by Dee Barton entitled "Three Thoughts". "If I Could" is a gorgeous ballad by Pat Metheny that will feature Lindy Parsons on french horn. "Indra" is a unique piece written with nine beats per measure by Hank Levy for the Stan Kenton Band. Niles Corporon will solo with the band on the baritone saxophone in the ballad, "Body and Soul" and the concert will conclude with the Windjammers performance of Chick Corea's "Spain."

There are no pre-sale tickets for the concert; admission has always been by donation only. Call McPherson Music for more information.



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