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Jazz students perform in popular holiday concert

by Tonya Durlach

Nov. 21, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of WMU's Gold Company.
Gold Company performs in "Jazz for the Holidays" Dec. 4.
KALAMAZOO--The Western Michigan University School of Music will hold a scholarship benefit concert, "Jazz for the Holidays," at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in Dalton Center Recital Hall.

General admission tickets are $15, and $5 for senior citizens and WMU students with a valid school ID. They are available at the door and through the Miller Auditorium Ticket Office at, (269) 387-2300 or (800) 228-9858. Concert proceeds will be applied to scholarships for outstanding WMU music students.

Popular with audiences of all ages, the "Jazz for the Holidays" concert has become a season tradition for many Kalamazoo-area families. More than 100 musicians will present this year's show, including members of the Western Jazz Quartet; Gold Company, directed by Dr. Steven Zegree; University Jazz Orchestra, directed by Dr. Scott Cowan; GC II, directed by WMU alumnus Michael Wheaton; University Jazz Lab Band, directed by Tom Knific; WMU Drum Choir, directed by Keith Hall; and Tri-Fi.

The program includes medleys of holiday tunes mixed with unique arrangements of traditional songs and carols. The fun will be highlighted by an audience sing-along to bring holiday cheer to the stage and audience alike.

For more information, contact Meredith Bradford, concerts assistant, at or (269) 387-4678.