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August 20 Concert Information
Meet the Guest Artists
Today's Date August 12, 2000 -- St. Joseph Michigan
Director of the St. Joseph Municipal Band, Donald Moely, indicated the band concerts scheduled for Sunday at the John E. N. Howard Band Shell present their 10th double concert of the season with concerts at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m..
This Sunday concerts will feature the vocal sounds Barry Manilow, performed by Kerry Clear, of South Bend. Kerry is a talented singer of Bethel College, formerly of Niles. Also featured at the concerts will be The Dynabones, a trombone ensemble directed by Ed Bagatini. A guest conductor featured at the concert will be Jonathan Korzun, Director of Bands at Southwestern Michigan College and a member of the trombone section.
ED BAGATINI, director of the DYNABONES was born, raised and schooled in Calumet, Michigan where the circle of 4th were taught along with the three R’s. With maternal encouragement, he graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Music Ed. Degree, then became trombonist with 5th Army Headquarters Band. Mr. Bagatini taught instrumental music in various schools in Southwestern Michigan. He laid the foundations for the band programs at Lake Michigan College and Lake Michigan Catholic Schools. Ed has had extension experience in arranging which he is quite prolific at. He has arranged music for: The Navy School of Music, Dan Belloc, Kai Winding, Tommy Shepard, Bill Russo, Bill Porter, Mike Suter, Bobby Davidson, Western Michigan University, The Jazz Assemblage and The Nostalgics. At present Ed and Adrienne operate a music store in St. Joseph. He is the musical director of The Nostalgics Big Band, leads THE DYNABONES, The Ed Bagatini Trio. He performs with The Second Time Around Big Band, Carol And Kaye’s Dixieland Band and various church ensembles. Major influences upon his arranging are Gerry Mulligan and the late great friend Bill Evans. Since he started THE DYNABONES, he has arranged over 225 pieces for this ensemble.
DR JONATHAN KORZUN is starting his tenth year as Director of Bands at Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac, Michigan, where his is Chairman of Fine and Performing Arts. During his tenure at SMC, Dr. Korzun founded the 28-member Community Brass Band, and the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble which have grown from a beginning combined membership of 16 to their current membership of 45 for the Symphonic Band and 18 (full "Big Band" instrumentation) for the Jazz Ensemble. Guest artists booked by Dr. Korzun at SMC concerts have included Clark Terry, Ed Shaunessey and Danny Barber. On April 3, 1999, the SMC Bands premiered three new works, one for each band) by composer Stephen Bulla. This marks the first time a college has simultaneously commissioned works from one composer for Symphonic Band, Brass Band and Jazz Ensemble. An outgrowth of the S.M.C. Community Brass Band, Dr. Korzun founded and directs the Round Oak Cornet Band, a small brass band that performs nineteenth century American Brass band music on authentic mid nineteenth century instruments. A band director and music educator of 19 years experience, Dr. Korzun received his B.A. with high honors, Phi Beta Kappa, in Music Education and M.A. in Music Theory/Composition from Rutgers University (New Jersey), and his Ed.D in Music Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has taught conducting the the University of Illinois, was associate director of bands at Rutgers University and has taught grades 7-12 band/choir in New Jersey. He is active as a trombone player, clinician and guest conductor. Dr. Korzun resides in Dowagiac, with his wife, Donna and daughter, Cheryl.
The band opens the concert with a Sousa march entitled "Marquette March." Jonathan Korzun will conduct the band in a three movement work which was written for Southwestern Michigan College Band organizations, "Symphonette," by Stephen Bulla. Korzun will also conduct a march recently discovered by Morton Gould, "Cinerama March.".
Kerry Clear, vocalist for the program will perform two of Barry Manilow’s favorites, "Can’t Smile Without You," and "I Write the Songs." Mr. Klear joins the band with several other Manilow favorites in "Barry Manilow On Tour."
The Dynabones will take the stage with their opening theme, followed by "Somewhere along the Way," "Carol Meets Kaye," and "Gee G Minor!". All arrangements for the special trombone ensemble are done specially for the group by their director Ed Bagatini.
The program then performs a number which the Dynabones join the entire trombone section of the band in Henry Fillmore’s "Miss Trombone." The concert concludes with the Sousa march "Wisconsin Forward Forever."
The Concerts continue and the John E. N. Howard Band Shell on the shores of Lake Michigan in downtown St. Joseph each Sunday through September 3 and concluding with its final double concert series on Labor Day, Monday, September 4.
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