Duane Davis, Director
Gold Company is the internationally regarded Jazz Show Vocal Entertainment ensemble from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Mich., directed by Professor Duane Davis. Members are selected by audition from Western's enrollment of more than 25,000 students.
With 16 singers and an instrumental ensemble, Gold Company performs in every style from vocal jazz and show tunes to the hits of today. Choreography and specialty acts are a part of Gold Company's exciting, energetic and dynamic presentation.
Gold Company maintains an active performance schedule throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. The group has been selected numerous times as "Outstanding Vocal Jazz Ensemble" by the International Association for Jazz Education and has appeared at the national conventions of Music Fest Canada, the Music Educators National Conference and the International Association for Jazz Education. They have also performed at the divisional convention of the American Choral Directors Association, Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center and jazz festivals across the United States and Canada. Gold Company has appeared in concert with such guest artists as Bobby McFerrin, Jon Hendricks, Don Shelton and Bonnie Herman of the Singers Unlimited, Darmon Meader and Janis Siegel of the Manhattan Transfer. The ensemble has been awarded more than 45 "DB" awards from DownBeat magazine—more than any other college or university. In addition, the group has produced seven CDs and numerous demo tapes and videos for music publishing companies.