Clark College Jazz Band Spring Concert

For Immediate Release
May 10, 2024

Features Tim Jensen, saxophone soloist in Bernstein

portrait image of saxophone soloist, Tim Jensen

VANCOUVER, Wash. — The Clark College Jazz Band under the direction of Dr. Doug Harris presents their Spring Concert on Saturday, June 8, 2024, 7:30 pm in the Gaiser Student Center, Clark College Campus. Admission to the performance free and open to the public. Donations to the Clark College Music Department are welcome at the door.

"This has been an amazing year, and the final concert is going to be special. We will be playing several pieces from the Count Basie library, a piece commissioned by the NW Jazz Conspiracy (a big band in the northern art of the state), completing the Matt Catigub "Blues Trilogy," starting a Matt Harris series and giving tribute to the most important figure in jazz history, Louis Armstrong. The centerpiece of the concert is the one Jazz Band piece written by Leonard Bernstein, Prelude, Fugue and Riffs. It is exceptionally challenging for all involved, and we will be welcoming multi-instrumentalist Tim Jensen to the stage to play the clarinet feature on it. We hope you can join us."

For complete information about all the Clark College Music Department concerts including the orchestra, concert band, jazz band, and choirs, please see the Clark College Music Events page.

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Dr. Doug Harris is the Director of Bands at Clark College since 2018 after serving as Assistant Director of Bands at Western Kentucky University, and Director of Bands at both Santa Clara University and Southern Utah University. He also enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a high school band director in Florida. Dr. Harris received his Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Florida, his Master of Arts and Doctor of Arts from the University of Northern Colorado. His conducting teachers include Richard W. Bowles, Dr. Raymond Chobaz, Dr. German Gutierez, Dr. Richard Mayne and Dr. Kenneth Singleton, and has studied with Douglas Akey, Stanley Derusha, John Paynter and Frank Batiste. At his most recent high school, Palm Bay High School in Melbourne, FL., his concert and jazz bands were recognized as being among the elite in the state, regularly receiving highest marks at district and state festivals. The Wind Ensemble was invited to perform at the University of Florida Invitational Concert Band Festival as well as the prestigious Bands of America National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis. The top jazz band performed at, and won, jazz festivals in Florida, Georgia and Virginia, and has earned praise while performing with jazz notables such as Ira Sullivan, Bill Prince, Marc Dickman, Christian Tamburr, Maynard Ferguson, David Steinmeyer, Bobby Shew and Portland’s own Charlie Porter.

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