Wallace State Jazz Band hosts Big Band Dance on April 15 | News


The Wallace State Community College Jazz Band will hold its annual Big Band Dance on Friday, April 15 at the Burrow Center for the Fine and Performing Arts.

“We are thrilled to welcome familiar and new faces to our event,” said Ricky Burks, director of the Wallace State Jazz Band and chair of the Fine and Performing Arts program at Wallace State. “Whether you dance or not, everyone is welcome to listen to America’s original music.”

April is also Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) to honor one of America’s oldest and most iconic art forms. Rich in an extraordinary heritage and cultural history, jazz music was born in New Orleans at the beginning of the 20th century. In conjunction with the Big Band Dance, the Evelyn Burrow Museum and the WSCC Fine and Performing Arts Program are hosting “All That Jazz,” an interactive exhibit featuring performance posters of American jazz legends.

The Big Band Dance will take place at 7 p.m. in the atrium of the Burrow Center for the Fine and Performing Arts. Suggested admission to the event is a $10 donation.

The Jazz Band is one of many ensembles in the Fine and Performing Arts program. Instrumental ensembles also include the Concert Band, Pep Band, Saxophone Quartet and Brass Ensemble.

Vocal ensembles include the Concert Choir, the Wallace State Singers and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

Other offerings include Wallace State Dance’s Allegro Dance Theater and the Wallace State Theater.

Other upcoming fine and performing arts performances include:

  • Dance Spring Showcase by Allegro Dance Theatre, April 22, 7 p.m., Betty Leeth Haynes Theatre, $10 donation
  • Spring Under the Stars by the Wallace State Concert Choir and Concert Band, April 26, 6:30 p.m., free admission, bring a lawn chair or blanket. Food trucks will be on site.

For more information about Wallace State, visit wallacestate.edu or call 256.352.8000.

For more information about the fine and performing arts program, contact Burks at 256.352.8287 or ricky.burks@wallacestate.edu, or visit wallacestate.edu/fpa.

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Henry R. Wright