BUZZ JONES JAZZQUINTET PERFORMS FOR MUSIC, GETTYSBURG! ON SEPTEMBER 29
Spend an autumn afternoon reveling in the music of dynamic jazz composers of the 20th century as The Buzz Jones Jazz Quintet performs a Music, Gettysburg! concert on Sunday, September 29th at 4:00 pm. The concert will take place at the United Lutheran Seminary chapel at 147 Seminary Ridge, and is free and open to the public.
The program, entitled “Autumn Leaves” will include American Songbook masterpieces of Harold Arlen and George Gershwin, native Pennsylvanians Henry Mancini and Tommy Dorsey, and Swing Era “royalty” - Duke Ellington, Count Basie & Nat King Cole – as well as a few surprises. Jazz is all about rhythm so you’ll hear toe-tapping swing, luminous ballads, lilting Bossa Nova and calypso, and music with a New Orleans street beat. Quintet members Douglas Cook, Dale Orris, Wayne Fox, Tom Hamm, and Buzz Jones will be joined on several selections by Gettysburg vocalist Lisa Cadigan.
Douglas Cook earned his music performance degree and the prestigious Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Following graduation, he toured the US, Europe, and Japan as the lead saxophonist and clarinetist with the world-famous Glenn Miller Orchestra.Doug returned to his hometown of Carlisle and was the Director of North American Music Festivals, operating educational music festivals throughout the country for nearly 20 years. He has played lead saxophone in the Buzz Jones Big Band for over 30 years, including two tours of Europe and a performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Doug also plays for various public and private functions as a long-time member of the Buzz Jones Jazz Quartet and Quintet. As a freelance musician, he has performed with numerous celebrity acts including Aretha Franklin, Marie Osmond, The Temptations, the Four Tops, Natalie Cole, and Manhattan Transfer. As an educator, Doug directed the Dickinson College Jazz Ensemble (1989-1996), hosting guest soloists including the late saxophone legend Phil Woods.
Dale Orris, an alumnus of Susquehanna University and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, is a former lead trumpeter and jazz soloist with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Buddy Rich Big Band. Dale enjoyed an outstanding career teaching instrumental music in the Lewisburg Area School District and is now Adjunct Professor of Trumpet at Bucknell University and Lycoming College. Mr. Orris performs with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra as principal trumpet and is a member of the Commonwealth,Riverhawk, and Lycoming Brass Quintets. He also performs with many jazz groups throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland with the Buzz Jones, Rob Stoneback, Zeropointe, and River City Big Bands as well as the Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra. Dale has performed in ensembles that featured Natalie Cole, Mel Torme, Bill Watrous, Aretha Franklin, Mannheim Steamroller, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney, Lou Rawls, The Temptations, Manhattan Transfer among other notable artists. He is active as an adjudicator and clinician and is a former Pennsylvania State President of the International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE).
Wayne Fox is a 1973 graduate of Lebanon Valley College with a B.S. degree in Music Education and earned a M.M.in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Miami in Coral Gables,FL. He is retired from the Cornwall-Lebanon School District where he taught for 37 years as the elementary band director as well as serving as the Music Department Chair for 26 years.Wayne is active as a private music instructor and freelance musician in the Central Pennsylvania area performing with the Hershey Theater Orchestra, Buzz Jones Big Band, and Dave Stahl Big Band among others. He has served as conductor of the Perseverance Band of Lebanon - founded in 1857 - for 40 years.He is a member of the Lebanon County Musician’s Hall of Fame, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, and the 2008 recipient of the District 7 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Citation of Excellence.
Tom Hamm, a native of Harrisburg, has been playing and teaching percussion for over 40 years. He has performed with jazz artists John Pizzarelli, Steve Turre, and Chris Vadala as well as the York and Harrisburg Symphony Orchestras. Tom has been a member of the Buzz Jones Big Band since 1979 and toured Europe three times in the 1990s-2000s. In 2004 and 2007, he performed with the Buzz Jones Jazz Sextet in Germany that offered jazz workshops in local musikschules.
Lisa Cadigan is a musician, theatre artist, graphic designer,and arts educator. She holds a M.A. in Theatre from Indiana University and a B.A. in Theatre and Communications from James Madison University. Lisa completed coursework as a guest student of the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College. Around Adams County, you will often see Lisa performing with Pomona’s Trio. She directed The People Project at Gettysburg College’s Stevens Theatre in 2017-18. The production was largely inspired by her own appearance in the nationally syndicated Listen To Your Mother at the Synetic Theatre in Arlington, VA. Lisa is an adjunct instructor in the theatre departments at Gettysburg College and Penn State-Harrisburg. She also serves as director and instructor for Adams County Music Makers, a program-in-residence at the Adams County Arts Council (ACAC) and continues to volunteer and produce events there regularly. She is thrilled to be performing with Buzz Jones and his band.
Buzz Jones, Professor of Music Emeritus at Gettysburg College, served a Director of Bands, Music Department Chair, and Director of the Sunderman Conservatory of Music. In addition to classroom teaching in theory and jazz history, he directed the college jazz ensemble for 26 years leading the group on six tours of Europe with performances at major jazz festivals in Italy,Turkey, France, Germany, and Switzerland. In 2012, he was Director of the Gettysburg College England Program and a Senior Teaching Fellow at Lancaster University. Buzz conducted pit orchestras for college musical theatre productions at Gettysburg that include West Side Story, A Chorus Line, The Secret Garden, and My Fair Lady. As a composer, he has been commissioned to write music for band, orchestra, a broad variety of instrumental chamber groups, brass band, voice and piano, and jazz ensemble.His work has been received enthusiastically by audiences of all ages. Dr. Jones is a music education graduate of Lebanon Valley College and Temple University. LVC recognized his career accomplishments with both the Creative Arts Achievement and Alumni Citation Awards. In April 2019, Buzz was inducted into the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Hall of Fame.