The Mike Vax Big Band, featuring Stan Kenton Alumni

Hughesville Jr/Sr High School is proud to host the Mike Vax Big Band, featuring Stan Kenton Alumni on April 30, 2009 at 7:00 PM. General admission tickets are $10 and are available at Robert M. Sides Music, Haines Music, Hughesville H.S. or by contacting MarkBoyer at 570-279-0141 or

This concert is sponsored by Citizen’s and Northern Bank, Haines Music and Robert M. Sides Music. Advertising space is available in theconcert program also by contacting Mark Boyer at the information given above and below. Alumni from the 1956 – 1978 Stan Kenton Orchestras cometogether to perform for festivals, clinics, concerts, cruises and dances. The band makes tours around the United States every year, and does jazz cruises and festivals.

We perform some of thewell-known music of the Stan Kenton Orchestra; plus in keeping with Stan’s insistence on not just performing nostalgia type music, we also perform fresh new material written in the Kenton style, as well as original material written by members of the Band. We areNOT trying to be the “Stan Kenton Orchestra,” but we are carrying on his tradition of dedication to creative music and to jazz education.

Leader Mike Vax is a product of the City of Oakland, CA, and theOakland Public Schools, having graduated from Oakland High School in 1960. He has led a big band off and on since his days at College of the Pacific over 45 years ago. A few of his credits include being first trumpet, soloist and road manager of the Stan Kenton Orchestra, as well as being co-leader while Mr. Kenton was recovering from surgery; leading the Dukes of Dixieland in NewOrleans; producing and/or music directing for over 30 jazz festivals; and performing workshops for more than 2000 high schools, colleges and universities all over the world. He is an International Artist for the GETZEN COMPANY.

The goals of the big band are to perform meaningful music, talkabout the importance of the jazz heritage in America, bring jazz music to young people, and to offer our audiences a relaxed, entertaining atmosphere.

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