COM Jazz Ensemble to perform with renowned trombonist, Ron Wilkins, on Feb. 18

Posted on: February 08, 2012

Local music fans can enjoy College of the Mainland’s Jazz Ensemble perform alongside Ron Wilkins, one of the most accomplished trombonists in the United States, on Saturday, Feb. 18.

“The Jazz Ensemble is performing at an extremely high level this semester,” COM Jazz Ensemble director Sparky Koerner said. “I feel that this band has reached a maturity in their performance skills that they had not reached before.”

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be at the welcoming confines of the brand new Texas City High School Auditorium, 1431 Ninth Avenue North Texas City, Texas 77590.

Wilkins, a San Antonio native, has performed alongside Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Bob Hope and Jerry Lewis, among others.

They’ll perform Keep Swingin’ by Tom Kubis, and Howdis Songo and Backrow Politics by Gordon Goodwin.

The guest artist will be featured on Wave arranged by John LaBarbera as recorded by the Buddy Rich Band on “Stick It,” Get Out of Town arranged by Johnny Richards and as recorded by the Stan Kenton Orchestra.

Wilkins, who earned a master of music performance degree (jazz emphasis) from Texas State University, has performed with some of the top orchestras in the nation, including the San Antonio Symphony and Festival Orchestra, the Austin Symphony, the Austin Pops Orchestra and the Mid-Texas Symphony. He’s also a music educator who cultivates a studio that produces many Texas All-State Band and Orchestra performers.

The Texas City High School Jazz Band, directed by David Richard, and the Blocker Middle School Jazz Band, directed by Barbara Figarelli, will open the show at 6 p.m. The concert was organized by Joseph Figarelli, TCISD’s Fine Arts Coordinator.

For more information, contact Koerner at 409.933.8348 or

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