With patriotism at an all-time high, the United States Navy Band’s jazz ensemble from Washington, D.C., is expected to draw quite a crowd when it performs a free concert at William Woods University Nov. 2. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center.
Under the direction of Master Chief Musician Leland V. Gause, the Commodores combine the best of jazz and popular music. The Navy band features 19 top jazz and “big band” musicians offering a mixture of styles ranging from the authentic sounds of the swing era to the contemporary high-energy music.
The Commodores’ repertoire includes many styles of jazz—from swing to be-bop to fusion. The band performs the music of such legendary big bands as Count Basie, Woody Herman, Thad Jones and Buddy Rich, as well as the jazz sounds of Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter and Cedar Walton.
The concert also features exciting original compositions and arrangements by members of the group, including Chief Musicians Phil Burlin and Steve Williams and Musician First Class Rob Halmes. Musician First Class Yolanda C. Pelzer, the Commodores’ talented vocalist, is featured on a variety of jazz and popular standards.
James Moody, Eugene “Snooky” Young, Clark Terry, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Grover Washington Jr., Louie Bellson and Pete Christlieb are among the guest artists who have appeared with the ensemble.
The concert is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available in person at the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the chamber, 409 Court St., Fulton, MO 65251. Requests for tickets will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis.
This special performance by the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble is part of the Navy Band Commodores’ national tour. Sponsors of the concert are William Woods University, the Kingdom of Callaway Chamber of Commerce and the Fulton Sun. For more information, call (573) 592-4297 or (800) 995-3159 ext. 4297.