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Gold Company performs at festival finale

March 5, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University's world renown vocal jazz ensemble, Gold Company, will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 21, in the Dalton Center Recital Hall. General admission tickets are $10 and $5 for students, and will be available at the door.

The performance is the closing concert of the 29th annual Gold Company Vocal Jazz Festival, which will be held throughout the day at the Dalton Center and will include 25 high school and college vocal jazz ensembles from six states and Canada.

Highlights of the festival will include a performance at 4 p.m. by Gold Company II, directed by Michael Wheaton, and the 8 p.m. performance by Gold Company, directed this year by Duane Davis, with longtime director Steve Zegree is on leave. The festival opens with a Friday night concert by jazz pianist and vocalist Patricia Barber and her ensemble.

For more information call (269) 387-4689.

Participating schools, ensembles and directors

  • Niles North High School (Ill.) "Sound Check" - Logan Farris
  • Rochelle Township High School (Ill.) "After Hours" - John Hughes
  • Sparta High School (Wis.) "SHE" - Janette K. Hanson
  • Glen Oak High School (Ohio) "The Notables" - Mary Meese
  • Anthony Wayne High School (Ohio) "Close Harmony" - Amy Gelsone
  • Snider High School (Ind.) "Synergy I" - Brenda Butler
  • Grosse Pointe North High School (Mich.) "Vocalese Vocal Jazz" - Ben Henri
  • North Side High School (Ind.) "All That Jazz" - Margaret Buttermore
  • New Trier High School (Ill.) "Maiden Voyage" - Derek Fawcett
  • Forest Hills Northern High School (Mich.) "Northern Singers" - Craig York
  • Hahnville High School (La.) "Hahnville H.S. Ensemble" - Craig Matherne
  • West Bloomfield High School (Mich.) "Laker Express" - Sheri Hauk
  • Grand Rapids Community College (Mich.) "Shades of Blue" - Duane Davis
  • Sparta High School (Wis.) "Sparta Vocal Jazz" - Janette K. Hanson
  • Rochelle Township High School (Ill.) "Midnight Voices" - Cory Jones
  • Naperville North High School (Ill.) "Flat Out Sharp" - Jim Yarbrough
  • Highland High School(Ohio) "Added Attraction" - Christopher P. Ilg
  • Beloit College (Wis.) "College Street Singers" - Susan Rice
  • St. Charles East High School (Ill.) "Vocal Jazz Workshop" - Jim McCullough
  • Hamilton (Ontario) "Hamilton All Star Vocal Jazz Ensemble" - Chris McLaughlin
  • Niles North High School (Ill.) "Take One" - Dan Gregerman
  • Glen Oak High School (Ohio) "Drifters" - Brian Kieffer

Media contact: Kevin West, (269) 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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