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Swing Fever at USU

Monday, Nov. 26, 2012


Denise Albiston, PR and Marketing

Production Services, Caine College of the Arts

Utah State University

Phone: (435) 797-1500



LOGAN, UT – Come swing with the Utah State University Big Bands in their final concert of the semester Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Performance Hall on USU’s Logan campus.


“We are excited to have the opportunity to feature our new trumpet professor, Dr. Max Matzen, in the concert,” said Jon Gudmundson, director of jazz studies in the Caine College of the Arts. “Although this is his first semester here, he is already making a tremendously positive impact on our music students with his excellent teaching. At this concert, the community will be able to hear that he is also a tremendous trumpet player.”


Both the Jazz Orchestra and the Jazz Ensemble groups will perform in the concert, with Matzen performing in three pieces. The Jazz Orchestra will perform “Thunderbird,” written by Ray Anthony and George Williams, “Some Skunk Funk” written by Randy Brecker, “Central Park North” by Thad Jones and “Swing House” by Gerry Mulligan.


The Jazz Ensemble will perform “Chickenscratch” by Les Hooper, “As Long As I’m Singin’” by Bobby Darin, “Esperanza” by John LaBarbera and “Boogie Stomp Shuffle” by Charles Mingus. Student vocalist Betsy Nelson will be featured in “As Long As I’m Singin’.”


“The program is inclusive of music that is great to listen to as well as perform,” said Greg Wheeler, director of the Jazz Ensemble group and professor in the Caine College of the Arts.


Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 seniors and youth, $5 USU faculty and staff and free for USU students with ID. For more information or to purchase tickets visit the CaineCollege of the Arts Box Office located in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center, call 435-797-8022 or see the college website (

Writer: Kara Rindlisbacher, Caine College of the Arts Production Services, for USU Public Relations and Marketing, 435-797-9203,

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