The Musical Equivalent of a Thousand Mortar Boards, Gleefully Launched

Tuesday, May 8 2012


By Donna Emert

MOSCOW, Idaho – If life were more like the movies – with background music articulating what cannot be said in words – swing music would signify good times being robustly had, the joy of hard work well done, savored by an entire community.

From 7:30-9:30 p.m., Friday, May 11, at the Haddock Performance Hall on the University of Idaho campus, the Swing into Summer concert offers the musical equivalent of a thousand mortar boards, gleefully launched, and a taste of the dance party that immediately ensues.

The concert will feature select University of Idaho student and faculty musicians, including Jazz Band 4, expertly delivering swingin’ jazz classics from the 1930s through the 1950s; and Jazz Choir 2, a twenty-member select vocal ensemble, bringing home original arrangements by renowned composer, percussionist and professor of music, Dan Bukvich, jazz choirs director.

The event is free, open to the public, and features outstanding jazz vocalists, The Hamptones, performing with the jazz bands. The students bring energy, creativity and significant musical strength to the performance, says Alan Gemberling, co-director of Jazz band 4, director of bands and wind ensemble, and professor of trombone.

“These student performers bring a real understanding of the jazz style to the performance,” said Gemberling. “Students in these groups get there by auditioning, so they have to be strong performers on their instrument or voice.”

The students will perform alongside faculty members, alumni and other professionals, this year including Alan Gemberling on trombone; Gary Gemberling, U-Idaho alumnus and Lewiston High School instrumental teacher, on trumpet; music professor Vern Sielert, on trumpet; Vanessa Sielert on saxophone; Dan Bukvich, directing and on drums; and regional vocal performer Kathleen Gemberling leading The Hamptones.

“It's popular, classic, instrumental and vocal music from the big band era,” said Gemberling. “It will be fun, light and just a really good time.”

A reception will follow the event at about 9:30 p.m. Gemberling confesses that event might begin a little later. “It depends on how much fun we end up having,” he said.
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