MC Jazz Band serves up smooth sounds in an evening of jazz

April 17, 2003
David Rasnake, Communications Assistant

As the semester is winding down for most college students, members of the Maryville College Jazz Band are gearing up for their final performance of the semester. On Thursday, May 1, the band will present an evening of jazz at the College’s Fine Arts Center.

Directed by Dr. Bill Swann, assistant professor of music at the College, this year’s 11-member big band will perform standards and newer works from a variety of eras and styles within the jazz repertoire. Selections for the concert include “Tenor Madness,” “Cantaloupe Island,” and the Latin classic, “Corcovado.” Additionally, the newly formed “combo band” features six members from the larger group performing works emphasizing improvisation.

The concert will also mark the final performance for graduating senior band members Chad Davis and Patty Nichting. Davis, a trumpet player from Gray, Tenn., and Nichting, a saxophonist, of Marysville, Ohio, along with six other band members, will be featured soloists for the evening’s performance.

The performance will begin at 8 p.m. in the MC Fine Arts Center Music Hall; the concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 865.981.8150.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2014 semester is 1,213.