Friday, May 1, 2009

Clayton Community Big Band Performs Free Concert in Spivey Hall, May 4

The Clayton State University Department of Music presents the Clayton Community Big Band (CCBB) concert “Ties That Bind - a Cavalcade of Musical Friends” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 4 in Spivey Hall. This concert is free and open to the public.

“This should prove to be our biggest concert ever,” says CCBB Director Stacey Houghton who shares that several special guests - including Clayton State University President and bongo aficionado Dr. Thomas K. Harden - will perform in the concert.

Highlights also include feature performances by several CCBB soloists, a special tribute to late composer Neal Hefti by tenor saxophonist and jazz educator Bob Greenhaw and Houghton, and an appearance by the Clayton State University Jazz Combo.

In addition to Harden, the guest percussionists contributing their musical talents in “Ties That Bind” are as follows: Clayton State music faculty members Dr. Douglas Wheeler and Dr. Kristen Lyman, and Clayton State Director of Human Resources John Brooks.

Personnel performing include the following accomplished musicians: Houghton (Rex), director and tenor saxophone; Sorrell Carr (Jonesboro), Paul Powell (McDonough), Peter Swan (Jonesboro), Clifton Stewart (Lovejoy) and Michael Terry (Meansville) on saxophone; Michael Wheeler (Forest Park), Anthony Bailey (Decatur), Mark Lewis (McDonough) and Daniel Sims (Forest Park) on trumpet; Doug Murray (Jonesboro), Dr. Patrick Carney (Stockbridge), Amy Castillo (Jackson) and Mark Gladfelter (Ellenwood) on trombone; Stephanie Butler (Atlanta) and Pablo Melgar (Lawrenceville) on piano; Tony Terrell (Lake City) and Chris Whitley on bass; Courtney Tatum (Lovejoy) on drums and Marc Agenor (McDonough), Caleb Halstead (McDonough), and Chris Odom (Lovejoy) on guitar.

“Ties That Bind” will also feature Clayton State student vocalists Danan Arnold and Kristy Bryant.

The CCBB is made up of Clayton State music students and talented community volunteers who meet and rehearse regularly nine months out of the year. The group performs two concerts a year in Spivey Hall, as well as at various community events.

For additional information on “Ties That Bind” or to learn more about the Clayton Community Big Band, please contact Houghton at

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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