Blue Devil Jazz Orchestra to perform Nov. 11 in Great Hall

November 6, 2017

The Blue Devil Jazz Orchestra performs in 2016.

The Blue Devil Jazz Orchestra will present Jazz in the Great Hall at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at UW-Stout.

Tickets are $5 and are available online, at the Service Center in the Memorial Student Center, 715-232-1122, and at the door.

The Great Hall is on the upper level of the Memorial Student Center.

The Jazz Orchestra is under the direction of Aaron M. Durst, an associate professor. Sharing the stage will be the Troppo Big Band, led by Robert Heintz Sr. Troppo Big Band is a community jazz group from Chippewa Falls composed of veteran musicians of all ages.

The concert will include a wide variety of jazz styles, opening with the UW-Stout band playing the bebop standard “Yardbird Suite” by Charlie Parker. Songs from the big band era include Billy Strayhon’s “Lush Life,” made famous by the Duke Ellington Orchestra and Frank Foster’s “Shiny Stocking” as played by the Count Basie Orchestra. Newer selections include a rock fusion piece by Rick Lawn entitled “Double Agent” and Gordon Goodwin’s “Tweet Fatigue,” a tongue-in-cheek piece inspired by social media that also features the saxophone section.

Student Christina Scinto, of Oconomowoc, will be the featured soloist singing Ray Charles’ “Hallelujah, I Love Her So” and “Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars” by Antonio Carlos Jobim. 

Troppo will follow the UW-Stout band and include “Groovin Hard” and “Channel One Suite” as recorded by Buddy Rich, Chick Corea’s “La Fiesta” and other selections.

Durst regards the sharing of the stage as a good thing. “Having Troppo share the evening is a great opportunity for our students and audience to hear another band play live some really great — and difficult — pieces that they would not normally encounter.”

Midwest Winds concert Nov. 9

The Midwest Winds, part of the United States Air Force Band, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at UW-Stout’s Harvey Hall Theatre. Veterans Day is Saturday, Nov. 11.

Admission to the concert is free and tickets are not required. Presented in partnership with the UW-Stout Symphonic Band, the event is for all ages.

The Midwest Winds woodwind quintet is an ambassador of the Air Force Band of Mid-America, featuring professional musicians to honor the work of the Air Force and to honor the country. The group offers a wide range of musical literature, including classical, contemporary, marches, patriotic crowd-pleasers and light popular music.



The Blue Devil Jazz Orchestra performs in 2016.