WMU News

New CD celebrates Gold Company's 25th anniversary

Feb. 6, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's award-winning vocal jazz ensemble, Gold Company, has released a new compact disc to mark its 25-year anniversary.

Appropriately titled "25," the release is the ensemble's sixth CD and contains 15 new tracks, 13 of which were composed and/or arranged by current or former members of the program. Gold Company director Dr. Stephen Zegree says "25" is the best of the group's critically acclaimed releases.

The latest Gold Company recording includes arrangements and compositions by Gold Company alumni Jennifer Shelton Barnes, Ryan Billington, Justin Binek, Derek Fawcett, Greg Jasperse and Dan Myers, as well as current Gold Company member Justin Avery, Zegree and Duane Davis. Davis directed Gold Company during Zegree's recent leave of absence to tour with the World Youth Choir. Also included on "25" are "Country Dances" by Ward Swingle and an arrangement of "I'll Never Smile Again" written for Gold Company by legendary vocal jazz arranger Gene Puerling of the Hi-Lo's and Singers Unlimited fame.

Gold Company's "25" and other CDs by the ensemble are available in the WMU Bookstore and can also be ordered by writing to Gold Company, School of Music, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI 49008-5434. If ordered by mail, Gold Company CDs are $18 each, which includes $2 shipping and handling per CD and 6 percent Michigan sales tax. Checks should be made payable to Western Michigan University.

Sample tracks and complete ordering information are available through the Gold Company Web site at <www.wmich.edu/goldcompany>.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 269 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu


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