The Marshall University Jazz Ensemble will perform at Olgebay in the Glessner Auditorium on March 27 at 7 p.m. This will be one of their several stops on their spring tour. The ensemble, which is will consist of 2 groups, will also perform at St. Clairsville High School, the Lincoln High School Jazz Festival and Capital High School in Charleston.
A major part of the ensemble is festival and concert performances, several of the performances included the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Juan les Pins Jazz Festival in France.
"It (the performances) is sort of a practical application of what we do in class ... The end product of a music degree is performing which is the result of the students hard work," said Dr. Ed Bingham, director of Jazz studies at Marshall University.
Along with these performances, the Marshall University Jazz Ensemble has been hosting it's own festival for the last four decades. This festivals brings in world - class musicians, along with other college and high schools that also perform as well.
"I helped arrange for the Jazz Ensemble to come this way. They were looking for schools to perform at for a spring tour. They will be performing at St. Clairsville High School during the day (March 26) and then holding a jazz clinic with St. C jazz band," said Jennifer Bohach, a music teacher at Powhatan Elementary. "This was set up because my son, Nathan is a St. Clairsville High School graduate and wanted to come back to his high school to perform as a member of the MU Jazz Band. Nathan is a freshman Marshall University Jazz Percussion Major."
The concert is free and open to the public. The music selection will range to anything from big band to new compositions and contemporary pieces.