Estes Park Jazz Big Band

The Estes Park Jazz Big Band and Village Band will perform the first concert of their summer season in a combined concert on Sunday, May 12. The free concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Estes Park High School Theater.

The Jazz Big Band has been performing for the Estes Park community and its visitors for 27 years while the Village Band has been performing for 37 years.

Chuck Varilek will lead the Jazz Big Band. Conducting duties for the Village Band will be shared by Loren Johnson, Jeff Klintberg and Varilek.

The Jazz Big Band will kick off the concert with a mix of different styles, including Dave Brubeck’s “Moody” and Count Basie’s “One O’Clock Jump.” Trombonist Curtis Fox will be a featured soloist on “Bein’ Green” and will join Nick Frazee (tenor sax) and Loren Johnson (trumpet) in a Dixieland combo on “Ain’t She Sweet.”

After a short intermission to reset the stage, the Village Band will begin their portion of the concert, featuring a revolving door on the podium with Johnson, Klintberg and Varilek all taking a turn. The audience will be treated to several different compositions for band including Leonard Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide” and Gabriel Faure’s “Pavane.” Music of Scotland will be featured on “By Loch And Mountain” and a tribute to the Navy, “Guardians Of The Seas.” “Heroic Sketches,” a recent composition by Ed Huckeby will get your heart racing as will the G. H. Huffine march, “Basses On A Rampage.”

The Estes Park Jazz Big Band and Estes Park Village Band are community bands made up of adult and high school musicians from the Estes Park area as well as from surrounding communities. New members are always welcome to perform with the band. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings in the Estes Park High School bandroom.

Contact Chuck Varilek at 970-227-8704 for more information about the concert or the bands.

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