The Clayton State University Department of Visual & Performing Arts presents the Clayton Community Big Band in “2-Hour Energy,” a concert filled with fast-paced, contemporary big band music, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Apr. 30, in Spivey Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.
Directed by Stacey Houghton (Rex) and Assistant Director Art Thompson (Fayetteville), “2-Hour Energy” features challenging and fast-paced instrumental compositions from composers Gordon Goodwin, Bob Mintzer, Les Hooper, Tom Kubis, Thad Jones and Sammy Nestic. Drawing from talented composers’ challenging pieces creates a high energy level that demands an equally high skill level from Clayton Community Big Band musicians.
“Our current collection of charts is among the most intense and difficult pieces our ensemble has ever attempted, and they have brought the Clayton Community Big Band to a higher level of precision,” shares Houghton. “Even though a few laid-back numbers are planned, the majority of music will serve to get adrenalin pumping faster than those 5-Hour Energy drinks!”
The key ingredients to the Apr. 30 musical concoction are the following talented musicians: Houghton, Carl Dixon (Morrow), Rodney Allen, Jr. (Augusta), Avys Burroughs (Jonesboro), Brandon Patman (Decatur), John Babb (McDonough) on saxophone; Anthony G. Bailey (Decatur), Michael Wheeler (Forest Park), Josh Singleton (Conyers), Taylor Threlkeld (Morrow), and Mark A. Lewis (McDonough) on trumpet; Doug Murray (Jonesboro), Keith Gardner (McDonough), Wayne Hughes (Thomaston), and Mark Gladfelter (Ellenwood) on trombone; Marvin Pollock (Forest Park) and Xavier Jones (Ellenwood) on piano; Christopher Grajko (McDonough) on guitar; Jennifer L. Dunn (Morrow) on acoustic bass; Prakash Acharya (Jonesboro) on electric bass; and Thompson and Elliott Phillips (Hapeville) on drums.
To learn more about the upcoming “2-Hour Energy” performance, contact Houghton at HOUGHTONES@aol.com or call (678) 466-4750. Directions to Spivey Hall, located on the main campus of Clayton State University, are available at www.clayton.edu.