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Gainesville State students perform annual big band set
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Annual Big Band Show

Gainesville State College jazz band, jazz combo and chorale

Where: Ed Cabell Theatre, Gainesville State College, 3820 Mundy Mill Road, Oakwood
When: 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday
How much: Adults, $12.25; children, seniors and non-GSC students, $8.25; Gainesville Theatre Alliance subscribers $6.25; GSC faculty, staff and students are free
More info: 678-717-3930

For more than 20 years, the Gainesville State College Jazz Band has performed its annual concert for the enjoyment of the college and local community.

And this year is no different, spotlighting the tunes of Gershwin, Cole Porter and Dave Brubeck, among others.

"As usual, it’s going to be a nice mix of styles and old classic tunes and more recent popular hits," said director Andrew Santander. "People will recognize some tunes like ... Gershwin’s ‘Love is Here to Stay,’ ‘Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.’ Also, some Cole Porter — ‘I Get a Kick Out of You’ — so some of those old standards."

The jazz band is also playing the Dave Brubeck hit, "Blue Rondo a la Turk."

The Annual Big Band Show will feature the school’s jazz band, jazz combo and chorale today through Saturday at the Ed Cabell Theatre at Gainesville State. Santander added that some members of the 20-member jazz band will be featured individually during the concert too.

"Several members of the group will do solos in the chorus in some of the songs, some improvisational things, and the chorus is also performing on the program," Santander said. "There will be different sets — the band will do a set and then the chorus will do a set as well, so each half of the show will feature all the groups."

The annual concert will be about an hour and a half with an intermission, Santander said.

"It’s a great opportunity to hear a lot of fun music, a big range of styles from swing to Latin music to show tunes to more popular kinds of songs," he said. "It’s really impressive to see the students doing their thing."

About 600 people are expected during the three performances, and Santander advised audience members to buy their tickets in advance.

"Since it does tend to sell out, it’s advised that they either call the Gainesville Theatre Alliance box office or they can also order tickets online through the Gainesville Theatre Alliance," he said.