SitNews - Stories in the News - Ketchikan, Alaska




May 12, 2008

Ketchikan, Alaska - The eighth annual Jerry Galley Memorial Jazz Scholarship Concert is scheduled for Tuesday evening, May 13th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Kayhi Auditorium. Music will range from ballads, rock, swing and Latin tunes performed by four bands and the Kayhi Jazz Choir.

The Discovery Jazz Club will open the program with "Poco Loco", a Latin piece, followed by "Ballad for Jeri", with alto saxophone soloist Brittany Thompson. A Count Basie swing tune titled "Jumpin' at the Woodside", is next and the band will close with "Old Time Rock and Roll".

The Kayhi Jazz Ensemble is second on the program, opening with the old standard "One Mint Julep". Other selections in the Kayhi set include "Drummin' Man" featuring Kayhi senior Pat Troll, "Carnival Del Sol", and "One-Eyed Jack". The Kayhi Jazz Choir will join them for "Diggin' on James Brown" by Tower of Power. This will be the first appearance by the jazz choir in the Jerry Galley concerts. Dale Curtis will be conducting his final concert as Kayhi Band Director. He will be retiring this spring after 20 years of teaching music in the district.

The Soundwaves Jazz Club will be third on the program opening with a shuffle-swing piece called "Flapjacks and Maple Syrup". Toto's"Rosanna" will be second and Jobim's "Quiet NIghts of Quiet Stars" follows. It is a very pleasant bossa nova in the style of "Girl from Impanema". The band will close its set with "Lucretia Mac Evil," made popular by "Blood, Sweat & Tears" and written by David Clayton-Thomas.

Count Basie's fast, hard-swinging "Basie Straight Ahead" will begin the Windjammers set, followed by a ballad entitled "Learn To Love". Perhaps the most unusual piece on the concert is a country, hoe-down, swing piece by Dave Zoller called "Amazing Bayou Slim" which features tenor saxophonists Dave Kiffer and Sayers McAlpin.

"Red Dog Play" is a Shorty Rogers standard that will showcase senior alto saxophonists Courtney Kiffer, Abigail Ahyong and Pat Doherty in their final concert. The Windjammers will close the program with a piece written for the Maynard Ferguson Band called "Country Road".

The Jerry Galley Scholarship Fund was established in the spring of 2000, with donations from the first "Jazz Night" concert in April of that year. Jerry was a well-loved young man in our community.

Seven scholarships in his memory have been given to outstanding Kayhi seniors planning to participate in the arts in college. This year there are two scholarships of $1,000.00 each with the winners to be announced at the concert.

Donations to the scholarship fund may be made at the door on Tuesday evening.




E-mail your news & photos to

Publish A Letter in SitNews
        Read Letters/Opinions

Contact the Editor

SitNews ©2008
Stories In The News
Ketchikan, Alaska