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University of Delaware Jazz Ensemble

University of Delaware Jazz Ensemble

Tom McHugh's 80th Birthday Celebration
Big Band Jazz

Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

Free with a donation, Please make reservations

only $free

Tom McHugh, founder of The Mainstay celebrates his 80th year with a concert by one of his very favorite groups, The University of Delaware Jazz Ensemble. This is the big (BIG!) band that is the top Jazz group at the University of Delaware and they are 18 strong for this show. The players compete for positions in this band and they come not only from UDel’s strong music department but from a wide variety of other majors and programs. Guest soloist will be saxophonist Todd Groves who last appeared at The Mainstay in 2014. Groves is a New York City-based musician who performs on saxophones, flutes, clarinets, recorders and ethnic flutes who performs regularly in a variety of musical settings including jazz, classical, commercial and ethnic music. Since 2003, he has been an adjunct professor of saxophone for the University of Delaware Department of Music, where he is a member of the University of Delaware Faculty Jazz Ensemble. He is an active composer and arranger and often gives clinics throughout the area at universities and high schools. The University of Delaware Jazz Ensemble has played the Mainstay several times as part of their Spring schedule, always bringing an outstanding group of excellent musicians who capture all the energy and excitement of big band jazz. You may hear some Basie, Ellington, May, Kenton and some great originals with this stellar group. Throughout his career at The Mainstay, Tom McHugh has celebrated young people playing music offering professional gigs in a place where the audience is informed, enthusiastic and supportive of young musicians so what better way to celebrate his 80th year than with jazz from a top-notch university big band. This concert is free but we will be requesting donations to defray the musicians’ expenses and our own. Please be generous. And please make a reservation, either online at Instant Seats or by giving us a call 410-639-9133.

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